LAYTON -- A 23-year-old Ogden man thought through text messages that he was hooking up with a 13-year-old girl in Layton, but instead he found himself facing police officers.
Marcelo Castro was arrested by Layton police after he arrived at an undisclosed meeting place to have sex with a teenage girl, said Layton Police Lt. Garret Atkin.
Police learned through a "confidential informant that Castro was interested in underage girls," Atkin said.
Officers than used a cell phone to send a text message to Castro.
Castro sent back a number of pornographic images to the officer and then arranged to meet the officer, thinking he was meeting with a 13-year-old, Atkin said.
Castro was booked in the Davis County Jail on 10 counts of dealing harmful material to a minor, one count of enticing a minor over the Internet and one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor. He is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.
The Davis County Attorney's Office is reviewing the case before filing formal charges in 2nd District Court.
Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings said using cellphones to lure predators is not as common as using chat rooms, email and social networks on the Internet.
"We've seen it done before," Rawlings said.
Rawlings said he believes his office will see more cases where predators go after teens using text messages.
"Teens are perpetually using text messaging to communicate and predators will exploit that," he said.