Sting operation leads to arrest of alleged Internet predator

Daren Allison (Source: Etowah County Jail)
Daren Allison (Source: Etowah County Jail)

GADSDEN, AL (WAFF) - A 21-year-old man was arrested after he responded to a sting operation ad on Craig's List.

Officers with the Special Projects Team in Gadsden set up the ad as a 15-year-old girl in the section "Woman for Male."

21-year-old Daren Allison of Weaver responded to the ad. He sent the officer messages asking for pictures as well as sexually graphic text messages.

Officers said in one message, the age difference in relation to having sex and illegality of it was discussed.

On August 2, Allison said he was coming to pick the girl up and spend the night with her.

Allison drove to the determined location where he was arrested.

He was charged with traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act and booked in the Etowah County Jail on $100,000 bond.

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