Anderson man arrested after arranging to meet with minor for sex

ANDERSON, Calif. — Authorities say an Anderson man who engaged a person he believed was a runaway juvenile in sexual conversations and later attempted to meet with the child was arrested when he showed up at a local hotel Wednesday, June 30.

As it turned out, the person the man had been communicating with on Facebook turned out to be an undercover Anderson police officer who was posing as an underage girl, as part of a separate and unrelated criminal investigation.

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City of Anderson police detectives began communicating with Larry Vick, a 43-year-old Anderson resident, via Facebook after concerns stemming from an unrelated criminal investigation involving him arose, Anderson PD has since said of Vick’s arrest.

Larry Vick, 43, of, Anderson was arrested after officers say he arranged to meet and have sex with with a person he believed was a runaway girl. APD photo

Soon after detectives initiated conversations with Vick and he learned the age of the fictitious minor the undercover officer was posing as, Vick began communicating with the officer “for the purposes of sexual conduct,” APD explained. During those online interactions Vick allegedly sent “harmful materials” in the form of naked photographs, “with the intent of seducing” the person he believed was a minor.

“On Thursday, July 1, Vick arranged to meet with the undercover officer at local hotel for the purposes of having sexual relations,” said APD. “Upon Vick arriving at the location, he was met with Anderson Police Officers and taken into custody.”

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Vick was transported to the Anderson Police Department where he was interviewed and admitted to communicating with the undercover officer, who he believed was an underage runaway girl.

He was was later booked into the Shasta County Jail on suspicion of sending harmful matter to seduce a minor, arranging a meeting with a minor for the purposes of sexual conduct, and arriving at the designated meeting with a minor for the purposes of sexual conduct.

Online jail records indicate Vick has since been released from custody.

Anderson Police Department later used the opportunity to remind parents to use safe practices when allowing their children to use various forms of social media platforms.



Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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