Alabama man arrested in online undercover operation

Posted at 8:43 AM, Jul 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-31 05:18:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - An Alabama man is facing charges in Leon County after being caught attempting to seduce who he thought was a 13-year-old child online. 

Brian Patrick Donald, 40, of Theodore, AL, contacted an undercover officer who was posing as a 13-year-old child on Feb. 8, 2017, according to a probable cause affidavit.

He was caught by officers conducting an online undercover operation.

The officers were targeting suspects who use the internet to try to meet children to sexually exploit them. 

Agencies that cooperated in the operation included the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Tallahassee Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff's Office. 

During their online chat, Donald said he "got that dad build" and identified himself as a 40-year-old white male.

"I've done a lot," he said. "And I do some stuff some think is bad."

Donald went on to provide the undercover officer with his telephone number. Authorities said photos that Donald sent to the undercover officer matched Donald's Alabama driver's license photo.

The phone number Donald gave online matched a number owned by T-Mobile, the complaint said, and the company confirmed that Donald was the number's owner. 

Donald was arrested on Saturday. 

He was charged with the crime of using a computer for obscene communication to seduce, solicit, or lure a child.

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