Metro Elementary School Janitor Busted In Online Child Sex Sting
OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City man was arrested on a child sex crime complaint after investigators say he reached out on social media to an undercover deputy, who he thought was a teen girl.
Even more disturbing, Canadian County deputies say the suspect worked as a janitor at an elementary school in Moore.
"Many of them, they put themselves into occupations where there is young people around," said Sheriff Chris West.
Authorities arrested 29-year-old Cameron Ford on Friday, April 6, following a 3-day investigation at a Mustang Wal-Mart. They add, Ford went to that location with the intention of meeting up with the teen.
"He came over from Oklahoma City, and his plan was to come over, get her, take her back to Oklahoma City to his apartment get in the shower and have sex with her," said Sheriff West.
Investigators say it started on April 3, Ford started sending private Facebook messages to the undercover deputy, who was posing as a 14-year-old girl from Mustang. The conversations started benign, but investigators say Ford soon began to steer the conversation towards sex.
“We’re always concerned when adults engage in filthy sex talk with children, but we know it’s time to roll when they begin planning and executing their sick and demented rape-a-child fantasy,” said Canadian County Sheriff, Chris West.
During his arrest, authorities say Ford told them he worked as a janitor at Apple Creek Elementary School in Moore and admitted that he was sexually attracted to children.
Ford was booked into the Canadian County Jail on one complaint of facilitating sex with a minor by use of technology. Bond was set at $25,000 and authorities say he’s already bonded out. However, it wasn't until today Wednesday the district discovered one of their employees had been arrested.
"We failed to notify the school district that we had arrested a janitor that worked in an elementary school. I was just mortified," said Sheriff West. "Number one priority for me and for the sheriff's office, it's why we are in this program. It's to protect children."
West said he apologized to the principal, who was "gracious" following the discovery.
A spokesperson for Moore Public Schools released the following statement regarding this situation: