"Doesn't it turn you on a bit to talk about sex with a grown-up?"
On Wednesday afternoon, a 52-year-old man was arrested and taken into custody while he waited in Le Havre to meet a 12-year-old girl with whom he had been chatting on Facebook since March 30.
The story of this hunt, led by an anti-pedophile association, is told by our colleagues from France Bleu.
The young girl did not exist, her profile had been created by the association "Les enfants d'Argus".
The latter's mission is to track pedophiles on social networks.
She claims to have contributed to the arrest of 18 suspected pedophiles for a year, in France, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg.
The man is said to be a job seeker, single and the father of three children.
He had questioned the teenager about her physical characteristics without knowing that he was trapped, before asking her more intimate questions, such as his "excitement" to "talk about sex with a grown-up".
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Seized by the association, the public prosecutor of Le Havre and the police got in touch with these citizens and recovered the screenshots of the conversations.
They were thus able to go to the meeting place agreed between the man and the false girl, and proceed to the arrest of the alleged pedophile.
This arrest came on the eve of a milestone for the evolution of the law against sexual violence against minors.
The Parliament is preparing to validate, this Thursday, the bill which fixes in particular at 15 years the threshold of consent - 18 years in case of incest.
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