Police: Accidental sexting leads to predator arrest at library

1:39 AM, Feb 22, 2013   |    comments
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Ricardo Cura

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) - An Allegan County man is behind bars for allegedly trying to contact a 13-year-old girl for sex.

Detectives with the Southwest Enforcement Team (SWET) arrested Ricardo Cura, 24, Wednesday afternoon at the South Haven Public Library.

Authorities say they became aware of Cura after he mistakenly contacted a South Haven resident through text messages. After receiving the sexual messages, the resident contacted police.

SWET detectives maintained contact with Cura through text messaging. Investigators say they clearly and repeatedly told Cura he was in contact with a 13-year-old girl who was living at home with her parents. Despite the age of the decoy, authorities say Cura continued to vigorously pursue the decoy for the stated purpose of having sex.

Officers arrested Cura without incident at the library. Michigan State Police and SWET executed a search warrant at his home in Casco Township and seized additional electronic devices and media.

Investigators say Cura maintained a Facebook page which included numerous electronic relationships with more than a dozen young women of high school age or younger. Cura admitted his intent to have sex with what he believed to be a 13-year-old girl.

Cura was arraigned in 7th District Court in Paw Paw Thursday afternoon on the felony charge of accosting a child under 16 years of age for immoral purposes. Bond was set at $100,000.

An investigation is on going.

In addition to his arrest Wednesday, Cura was wanted on a previous warrant for felony fleeing and eluding police out of Bentonville County, Texas, near Corpus Christi.

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