Broward County

Police: Man arrested after soliciting Pembroke Pines detective posing as 15-year-old boy for sex

Before agreeing to meet with a 15-year-old boy he met through a phone application, a Miramar man asked if he was a police officer.

The boy — who actually was a Pembroke Pines detective — said no and arranged a meeting for sex.

Meanwhile, the man sent his new friend a picture of his penis via a text message, police said Thursday.

When the man, identified as 45-year-old Kevin Bernard Jackson arrived, he was met with officers, who immediately placed him under arrest.

Jackson now faces charges of using a computer to lure a child and traveling to meet a child after luring him by computer.

According to police, Jackson sent the undercover officer a message Wednesday through the app. When the detective said he was a 15-year-old boy, Jackson said, “wow your [sic] young,” according to his police report.

Police said Jackson replied that he was OK with the boy’s age, as long as he “was not about drama,” the officer wrote in the report.

The conversation then transferred to text messages.

“At one point, the defendant asked the child if he was being set up by police and inquired if he was on the TV show Catfish,” the detective wrote in the report.

Jackson then made plans to pick up the boy and take him back to his Miramar home, police said.

Instead he was arrested. After being read his rights, Jackson confessed to meeting the boy for sex, police say.

“The defendant stated that he was wrong and made a mistake,” the detective wrote.