LAYTON -- A 52-year-old man has been arrested after posting a sex ad and expecting to meet an underage boy -- who turned out to be a Layton police officer.
Bradley Wayne Fitzgerald posted an Internet ad soliciting sex from young men, police said. The ad mentioned "the closer to 18, the better."
A Layton police detective who is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children division posed as a 17-year-old boy and answered the ad, said Layton Police Lt. Shawn Horton.
Fitzgerald set a time to meet Tuesday afternoon.
Instead, he was met by police and was arrested.
He was charged with attempted sexual conduct with a 17-year-old and enticing a minor over the Internet.
Fitzgerald has a history, which has earned him a spot in the National Sex Offenders Registry.
He was arrested and found guilty of similar charges in 2002. He was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison.
The Internet Crimes Against Children is a collective of members of law enforcement agencies across the state.
Officers will routinely monitor sites frequented by sex offenders to catch them in the act of soliciting sex from minors.
Sex offenders in Layton are required to check in once a year to the police station to renew their registration, Horton said.
They are also subject to a visit by officers at their home every three months to verify they are living at the same address and using the same vehicle.