Nathan Wilkins: Is Georgia teen who faked suicide after child-sex charge in Aurora?
The path that may have led Nathan Wilkins, nineteen, from his Georgia home to Aurora is an undeniably twisted one.
Photos, video below.
The story thus far features a child-sex sting involving Craigslist and a "slushy," Facebook posts about eBay shopping and political commentary, an elaborately staged suicide and the filing of a bond revocation after it was discovered Wilkins was still very much alive.
Photos, video and the weird details below.
The WMBB-TV report about Wilkins' June 2012 arrest -- it's on view below -- begins with the station's anchor affecting his most serious tone as he says, "It may be late on a Tuesday night, but before you go to bed, there's something every parent watching needs to know: Authorities say adults are coming to Bay County to hurt your children."
That's quite a lead-in, but reporter Addie Hampton manages to trump it with this introduction: "Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen said law enforcement sees a lot of things, but during this sting, their eyes were opened to a whole new world of evil and perversion."
She's describing "Operation Riptide," a law-enforcement sting intended to ensnare child-sex-wanting creepazoids. How did it work? According to the Panama City, Florida, News Herald, citing court records, Wilkins allegedly answered a Craigslist ad purportedly placed by a father seeking someone to deflower his daughter, age eleven. He subsequently exchanged e-mails with the faux-dad, who gave him an address and told him to bring a "slushy" for the girl at the appointed time.
Bay County authorities later provided WMBB with surveillance-footage snippets of the individuals who stumbled into this trap -- and sure enough, a couple of them are holding oversized cups when the door opens and they're overwhelmed by officers.
Before long, Wilkins was facing counts related to traveling to meet a minor for sex, child exploitation and computer pornography -- and because of the arrest's circumstances, he was forbidden from using a computer after bonding out. But Facebook proved too alluring.
An Operation Riptide suspect being swarmed by cops.
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