by: WFTV Web Staff Updated:
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A 64-year-old man from Austin, Texas has been arrested on charges he traveled to Orlando to have sex with who he thought was a 9-year-old girl, police said.
Mark Andrew Nichols was arrested Saturday.
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Undercover sex crime detectives created an ad on a website which Nichols responded to Sept. 13, investigators said. The detective posed as the father and mother as “experienced parents to learn new things about raising little ones,” investigators said.
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Nichols texted the decoy parents about being fascinated with incest and wrote that he wanted to have sex with the child, investigators said.
Nichols said he lives in Texas, but that his family lives in Orlando and he was planning a trip to the city and having sex with the child, investigators said.
Nichols discussed in graphic detail the sexual acts he wanted to do with the child and was arrested Saturday when he showed up at an address set up by undercover detectives, investigators said.
At the time of his arrest, Nichols had Sour Patch Kids candy, a bag of Skittles and a bottle of lubricant, investigators said.
Nichols faces charges of attempted sexual battery of a child under 12 years old, attempted lewd or lascivious, solicitation of a minor via computer, obscene communication, travel to meet a minor and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
Mark Nichols traveled from TX to meet & have sex with a 9-yr-old girl. Instead, he was met by OPD. We'll never stop going after predators. pic.twitter.com/WJUr22lrkW— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) October 9, 2017
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