ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV) – A St. Charles man is accused of trying to solicit a young girl for sex. Police say the man unknowingly asked one of their informants to arrange a meeting with the girl.
Police say when the man showed up to a St. Peters hotel that he was planning to have sex with a 14-year-old girl. They say he even brought $100 cash to pay for it. But the girl wasn't there. In fact, she didn't even exist.
Police say Mohammad Teimoortagh, 23, of the 3200 block of Everwood Run in St. Charles, asked a woman he knew if she could hook him up with a 12-year-old virgin for sex. Little did he know, that woman was a confidential informant working with police.
"She said that originally told him that she could get him a 15-year-old, but he said no, that was too old for him, and that he wanted younger, preferably a 12-year-old," St. Peters Police Officer Melissa Doss said.
That's when undercover detectives got involved. They say Teimoortagh agreed to meeting a 14-year-old virgin for sex in exchange for $100. When Teimorrtagh showed up to meet the girl at the Garden Plaza Hotel in St. Peters, he was instead met by police and arrested. Teimoortagh has since been charged with several felonies for attempting the crime, including Attempted Sexual Trafficking of a Child, Attempted Promoting Prostitution and Attempted Statutory Rape.
"I think that this happens more often than you think, or more often than you want to think," Officer Doss said. "It's fortunate this 14-year-old girl did not exist. She was fictitious and instead, he was talking to a grown police officer. This is a great arrest for our community for him to be arrested before a child was harmed."
The home address Teimoortagh gave to police is less than a mile from Barnwell Middle School and Becky David Elementary. Police say, at this time, that they have no information about other possible victims.