(SCOTT CO.) – A Scott County father was able to capture a “child predator” who contacted his 13-year-old child on Facebook, according to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Sheriff Jerry Goodin, on Tuesday the father was checking his child’s Facebook when he noticed messages between 29-year-old Brandon Ruff of Jeffersonville and his 13-year-old son.
By pretending to be his child, the dad was able to get Ruff to come to the family’s home in rural Scott County to meet who he thought was the boy. When Ruff arrived on Wednesday, he was met by the father, who held him until deputies arrived.
Police arrested Ruff and charged him with false informing, child solicitation, and child molest with a child under 14 years old using a computer and traveling to met the child.
Sheriff Goodin is urging parents to check their children’s Facebook messages because they are looking into the possibility of other victims.
Ruff had another Facebook page under the name Sammy Castro, and investigators believe Ruff could have posed as a wrestler to get children to trust him.
Any parents who think their child/ren was victimized by Ruff should call 812-752-8400 if they live in Scott County, or contact Indiana State Police at 812-246-5424 if they live outside Scott County.