FBI charged Bradenton man after he posts, answers Craigslist babysitter ads
BRADENTON -- A Bradenton man was arrested after FBI agents say he tried to get access to children to have sex through ads he posted on Craigslist offering his services for baby-sitting, nannying and housekeeping.
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Nathan Alexander Bryan, 39, was arrested on June 21 by FBI agents with the Child Exploitation Task Force following a 14-month long investigation into his activities that revealed he posted and answered ads on Craigslist offering his services for baby-sitting, nannying and housekeeping in order to access children for sex, according to a news release issued Monday. He is charged with the attempted sexual enticement of a minor.
Bryan appeared before a federal judge on June 22 and is being held without bond.
In April 2014, a task force agent, also a Bradenton Police detective, learned of that Bryan, who had previously been investigated for sexual exploitation of children, was attempting to obtain babysitting jobs by answering online classified ads, according to criminal complaint. The agent working in an undercover capacity as the step-dad of an eight-year-old boy began posting ads.
"I assumed the undercover profile of a "bad dad" in his 40s, who was looking for an adult male to engage in sex acts with his 8-year-old stepson in the Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida area," the agent states in the complaint.
On April 24, 2014, Bryan contacted the undercover agent through email in reference to the ad, giving a phone number. The phone number was then traced to Bryan.
Between April 24, 2014, and June 21, Bryan communicated with the agent through text messaging online.
On June 18, 2014, the undercover agent received a message from Bryan saying he had to move to Orlando. The agent continued to communicate with him until July 9 when all communication stopped.
On June 4, the agent was alerted to an email received by the Bradenton Police Department in reference to a robbery. It was brought to his attention because of the name, Nathan Bryan. The agent then posted an ad again, this time claiming to be the same "bad dad" looking for a baby-sitter for his nine-year-old stepson.
The agent states in the complaint that he received a response that same day from Bryan who in conversation said he was back from Orlando but had lost his phone number. The undercover agent had several conversations between then in the days following where Bryan indicated he wanted to meet and engage in sexual activities with the boy.
On June 21, Bryan traveled to an agreed-upon location in Bradenton with the intent to engage in illegal sexual acts with someone he believed to be a minor.
Anyone with information about the case or who may have hired Bryan for childcare services should call the FBI Tampa Field Office at 1-866-838-1153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.