By Jessica Tuggle
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- A Port St. Lucie man employed in Indian River County arrested and charged with two felonies relating to seeking sex from a minor posted a $500,000 bond and was released from Indian River County Jail on May 3.
Undercover detectives arrested and charged Jerry Norman, 47, with traveling to meet a minor for unlawful sexual activity and lewd computer solicitation of a child on May 2.
A press release from the Indian River County Sheriff's Office said on April 13, as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children initiative, detectives posed online as a 14-year-old girl and responded to an online ad in which a poster was seeking a sexual encounter with a female with small breasts.
The poster, later identified as Mr. Norman, entered into online communication with the undercover officer and believed he was communicating with a 14-year-old.
Through a series of explicit online conversations, Mr. Norman arranged to meet with the person whom he thought was a 14-year-old girl at the McDonald's restaurant near Oslo Road and U.S. 1 on April 18 for the purposes of a sexual encounter, the press release said.
He was confronted by detectives in the parking lot on the scheduled day, but denied he was there to meet anyone. He was not immediately arrested as additional evidence was needed to prove he was the correct suspect.
Subsequent investigative efforts led to a connection between Mr. Norman's cell phone and the Wifi signal from McDonald's at the time of the last few communications when he still believe he was communicating with the 14-year-old using email. Other phone and email records were obtained in the investigation, leading Mr. Norman's arrest on May 2.