Girls help police catch man who allegedly offered to buy them food in exchange for sexual favors

Posted at 10:40 AM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 20:18:26-04

MUSKOGEE COUNTY, Okla. -- Police arrested a man after they said he lied about his age and offered to buy fast food for three teenage girls in exchange for sexual favors.

Cary Heron, 23, now faces three felony counts of engaging in child prostitution and a fourth count for soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology.

A 16-year-old girl said she received a message Sunday on Snapchat from Heron, whom she said she did not know. The girl agreed to speak about what happened on condition of anonymity because she does not want this happen to any other girls her age.

She said Heron claimed to be 18, and she notified her parents when he sent her an inappropriate picture.They then contacted police, who set up a sting at a local Sonic drive-through when Heron suggested meeting up there with the girl and two other teenagers.

According to the Snapchat conversation, Heron told the girl that he would buy food for her and her friends in exchange for a sex act.

"When we met him up there," the girl said, "I thought the police weren't going to come fast enough, and something was going to happen to us. (The officers) got there and we told the guy we were going to see our friend, but we just ran to the police because it was really scary."

Police arrested Heron after he tried to drive away from the restaurant. He's now being held on a $100,000 bond. He is scheduled to be in court on Aug. 29.

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