ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office arrested a 33-year-old man from Savannah after he traveled to a local motel thinking he was meeting a juvenile female for sex.
Deputies arrested Stephen Joseph Woods on four felony charges, including use of a computer to seduce, solicit or lure a child, according to a news release from St. Johns County Sheriff's Office Media Relations Officer Kevin Kelshaw.
Kelshaw said Woods thought he was meeting an underage female to engage in sex with, but instead found deputies waiting to arrest him.
A Special Victims' Unit detective working in the sheriff's office's cyber-crimes unit began speaking electronically with Woods in mid-October, Kelshaw said.
Woods believed he was speaking to the guardian of a special needs juvenile female, according to the release.
During the conversation, Kelshaw said Woods allegedly solicited sexual activity with the minor from the guardian. When Woods found out he was speaking with a 13-year-old girl, Kelshaw said he indicated he was still interested in engaging in sexual activity with the child.
Friday evening Woods agreed to meet both the guardian and the child between 7 and 9 p.m. at a St. Johns County motel. Kelshaw said Woods arrived shortly before 7 p.m. and met with a person he believed to be the child's guardian outside one of the motel rooms. The guardian's mother was actually an undercover detective.
After a brief conversation, Kelshaw said deputies arrested Woods without incident.
Special Victims Unit detectives are continuing their investigation, Kelshaw said, since they learned of other potential pending cases for online enticement allegedly involving Woods.