By Ryan Yousefi
A Lake Worth man was arrested and charged with multiple felony charges after allegedly taking part in days of explicit conversations with who he thought was a 12-year-old female but was actually an investigator with the Coral Springs Police Department’s Special Victims Unit.
On May 5, Joshua Daniel Fellow, 30, of Lake Worth, was arrested by the Coral Springs Police Department and detectives from the city’s Special Victim’s Unit after attempting to meet a minor to engage in sexual activity.
According to records of the arrest, the arrest took place at the parking lot of Citation Way Condominiums, located at 9845 Westview Drive, where Fellow was believed to be traveling to meet a 12-year-old girl for sex.
Law enforcement detail in the arrest report how the case against Fellow began after detectives say he had initiated and continuously engaged in chat conversations via a social media application and text messages with someone he believed to be a 12-year-old female.
In reality, the person on the receiving line of those incriminating messages was an Special Victim’s Detective with the Coral Springs Police Department using technology to pose as their younger self.
Details of the investigation into Fellow were released via arrest records that allegedly show sexually explicit content in chats between April 27 and May 5.
In the chats, Fellow – who identified himself as a 17-year-old and sent images of himself at that age – asked if the detective posing as a child “was a virgin” and discussed his penis size.
The detective working the case continued the interactions by sending Fellow back age-regressed images of themselves that gave the appearance of a 12 to a 14-year-old girl.
The report alleges that during the communication with Fellow, he, on numerous occasions, expressed his desire to perform sexual acts on what he believed to be a pre-teen girl, multiple times referring to her vagina and detailing sexual intercourse.
After days of communications – some using two-way devices to evade call records or recordings, an additional crime – Fellow agreed to meet the “minor” on May 5 in the parking lot of Citation Way.
As law enforcement followed, Fellow left his residence near the 4300 block of Lucerne Villas Lane in Lake Worth and headed toward Coral Springs. Upon arrival near the meeting spot, Fellow was observed by police parking his vehicle in the parking lot, where several officers and detectives from the Special Victims Crime unit took Fellow into custody.
Once in custody, officers searched Fellow’s vehicle and seized two cell phones believed to be used during the crimes.
Due to his use of two-way devices and the internet to lure a child, Fellow was charged with felony charges of luring a child using a computer, traveling to meet/lure a child, and use of a two-way device to commit a felony. Records indicate no bond has yet been set for his release.
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- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiple outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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