A U.S. Marine who allegedly drove 400 miles to meet up with a man and his children to engage in sex was instead met with cuffs.
Stephen Lewis, a private first class stationed at Camp Pendleton in southern California, was arrested two weeks ago after attempting to arrange a meeting with federal authorities who posed as a father, his 12-year-old son, and 11-year-old daughter, according to a federal court filing obtained by The Smoking Gun.
Department of Homeland Security agents tracked Lewis on the website Family4Love, where users discuss engaging in incestuous relationships.
Through text messages with an undercover agent, federal authorities say Lewis made his intentions clear.
“Who would I have sex with?” Lewis asked the undercover, who answered, “either son or dau.” The Marine later alllegedly texted, “I’d make love to all 3 of you."
Lewis went into explicit detail regarding his intentions with the fake father, son and daughter, according to federal court records. Some of his texts included the suggestion of the daughter using a strap-on on Lewis, and engaging in anal sex with all three family members together.
When agents took Lewis into custody after arranging a meet-up with the man, investigators said they found masks that Lewis wanted the family to wear, and sex toys, according to Gawker.
Lewis allegedly admitted to authorities to having child pornography on his phone and computer. He is currently being investigated for a slew of felonies, including enticement of children and possession of child pornography.
This isn't the first time a suspected child abuser has been nabbed by undercover authorities. In October, "Operation Cardea" in Florida netted dozens of suspects who federal agents say showed up at a "decoy house" where they believed they would be having sex with a minor. Agents said one suspect arrived with condoms, one came with a teddy bear and one even brought a sex "contract" for the fictitious girl's parents.
In January, authorities released footage of the "Operation Cardea" arrests, showing suspects being thrown against the wall of the decoy home by officials.