TULSA - A Missouri man has been indicted Friday on federal charges after he tried to arrange a sexual encounter with a 3-year-old Fairland girl.
Jeffery Cornell Lewis, 33, of Joplin, Mo., is charged in the United States District Court in Tulsa with interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, use of mail or Interstate facility to entice a minor to engage in sexual conduct.
He also faces an additional count of using a cellular telephone and text messaging the child's mother, who he believed had custody of the child, in carrying out the proposed assault.
Lewis was also charged in Ottawa County District Court in Miami with directing transportation of a child for purposes of lewdness.
In an earlier interview, Bob Ernst, Ottawa County undersheriff said the child's parents told authorities they had an open relationship and the mother had met Lewis on an adult website in 2007.
On July 27, Lewis sent text messages to the girl's mother saying he wanted to meet with her and her daughter for a sexual relationship, he said. The parents contacted authorities and arrangements were made for Lewis to meet with what he thought was the mother and daughter in a Miami motel, Ernst said.
Before arriving at the motel, Lewis sent several text messages to the mother describing explicit sexual acts he wanted to have with the child. Lewis was arrested when he arrived at the motel, Ernst said.
After Lewis was arrested he told authorities he went to Miami to have sex with an adult, not a child, he said.
Lewis confessed to authorities he sent the text messages as part of a fantasy world and this was part of an online game, Ernst said.
While no federal court date has been set, Lewis remains free on $50,000 bail is and scheduled to return to Ottawa County District Court on Sept. 17.