POS travels from Ponte Vedra to meet 13yo - Meets jail time instead


ARRESTED FOR SOLICITING A MINOR FOR SEX: Earlier this week while conducting a proactive undercover investigation to target suspects that use the internet to sexually exploit children, a SJSO ICAC Detective created a post on social media indicating they were a school aged female child.


The Detective was contacted by a subject later identified as Tracy Shackelford, a 32 year old male.


Over a 24 hour period, Shackelford went into explicit detail on the sexual acts he wished to perform with the purported 13 year old female child and asked to meet. Detectives quickly went to work and developed a plan to take Shackelford into custody if/when he traveled.


Yesterday afternoon, Shackelford traveled from Ponte Vedra to a pre-determined location within St. Johns County where he was arrested without incident by members of our Criminal Investigations Division.


Shackelford is now shacked up in the St. Johns County jail on charges of traveling to meet a minor, attempted lewd and lascivious battery, soliciting a minor for sex, and unlawful use of a two way communication device.


Great work by our ICAC Unit (Internet Crimes Against Children) for their continued diligent work to get individuals like Shackelford identified and off the streets!


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