Department of Transportation Employee Arrested on Child Enticement Charge
DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Section man is accused of trying to entice a 14-year-old girl for immoral purposes.
DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris says 31-year-old Daniel Edmond Nixon is charged with enticing a child to enter a vehicle for immoral purposes.
Harris tells WHNT News 19 Nixon is an employee with the Department of Transportation.
Investigators were informed Wednesday morning by concerned parents. Sheriff Jimmy Harris says the girl’s parents found disturbing information when they checked the 14-year-old’s phone and Facebook page. “She told them she was Facebooking with a 15, 16-year-old boy,” Sheriff Harris says.
He says her parents immediately turned the phone over to investigators and told them about the page.
According to the Sheriff’s office Nixon used at least one fake Facebook account to communicate with females. “This 31-year-old man had a fake Facebook with a 16-year-old picture. He had 200 Facebook friends, all which were young women,” Sheriff Harris says.
The Sheriff’s Office started investigating, communicating with Nixon on the girl’s phone. “He was saying things like, ‘you’re not going to tell on me are you? you’re not going to tell your parents?’,” Sheriff Harris says.
Eventually deputies led Nixon to believe the 14-year-old would meet him. “We were able to take a female that works for us, one of our corrections officers, and we carried her out as bait, and used her waiting on him, but left her way off,” Sheriff Harris says.
Sheriff Harris says Nixon showed up to the agreed meeting place in his state issued truck. Deputies say Nixon tried to leave when he saw the woman waiting wasn’t the girl he had been talking to, but deputies caught him and put him under arrest.
Investigators say they seized dozens of pictures of young females in various sexual acts.
Nixon is also charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Sheriff Harris says often these situations end tragically. “He’s got a good job, got a family, got a wife, got a child, he could have had sex with this child and got nervous and killed her to keep her from talking.”
Sheriff Harris says deputies were able to make an arrest quickly because the girl’s parents monitored their daughter’s phone and Facebook. “The child was safe, and the parents did what we have asked all parents to do – let us know. We can’t stop it if we don’t know it,” Sheriff Harris says.
He says this situation could have gone on for a long time.
The Sheriff’s Office has only had several of these cases in the last few years.