March 13, 2007 – Today’s arrest of a Las Vegas couple resulted from an Internet sex sting originated by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, said Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
Wesley Evans, 36, and his wife, Jennifer Evans, are charged with using the Internet to entice a minor to travel in interstate commerce to engage in illegal sexual activity. Evans thought he was chatting online with a 15-year-old girl from Port St. Lucie.
But the “girl” was an undercover Sheriff’s detective.
Evans sent the “girl” an airplane ticket to Nevada paid for by un untraceable credit card and had prepared a bedroom for the girl in the Evans home.
Sheriff Mascara said his detectives worked with agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency of the Department of Homeland Security to arrest the couple and serve a search warrant on their Las Vegas, Nev., home, seizing the couple’s computer and other items.
“One of my highest priorities is arresting sexual predators who try to use the Internet to lure children into sexual encounters,” said Sheriff Mascara. “Our strong partnership with federal law agencies was a great asset in this case.”