DEL CITY, Okla. — A father in Oklahoma decided to take matters into his own hands after an app let him know that his teenage daughter was swapping sexually charged messages with a 33-year-old man.
According to KOCO, the unidentified dad had installed the FamilyTime app, which helps parents keep tabs on their children’s online activity, on his 15-year-old’s device.
And he was angered to find out the adult male had been exchanging sexually themed messages and photos with his daughter, according to the Washington Post.
To make things worse, the two had also decided to meet in person for the first time — which is when the girl’s dad decided to act.
“He was ready, and we were, too,” the father told KOCO.
By “ready,” the dad meant he had his wife, the teen’s stepmom, waiting in a tent in their backyard, while he, a nephew and a cousin hid and waited until, he said, the man showed up and peeked inside the tent.
At that point, the family members tackled the alleged perpetrator and restrained him with zip ties.
According to KSWO, the dad and his vigilante helpers held the man until police arrived, while the teen remained in the house, not clued in to what was going on.
“I had to do what was right as a father,” the dad told KOCO, which has the June 22 surveillance video of the sting. “[He] walked into the wrong backyard.”
The man was arrested and charged on complaints of unlawful communication by the use of technology, using a phone and social media to communicate with a minor.
Although officers are leery of citizens confronting potential criminals on their own, a Del City Police Department representative told the Post, “As a parent, I don’t blame him. I think it’s your right to protect your children.” (The FBI rescued more than a dozen teens in a Super Bowl sex sting.)
This article originally appeared on Newser: A Man Sent Sexual Messages to a Teen. Her Dad Took Action
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