DECATUR — A Decatur man who sent sexually suggestive notes to a girl younger than 13 via Facebook Messenger told police the messages were just meant to be a test of her character, according to a sworn affidavit.

Macon County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested the 33-year-old man Monday afternoon and he was booked on preliminary charges of the sexual exploitation of a child and the indecent solicitation of a child through grooming. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

The sworn affidavit said police were informed of the Facebook messages after being shown screenshots of them by the girl’s father. The messages included “I flirt with you,” “U promise not to tell and erase our messages” and “Lol well sex would be fun.”

The man told police he had become concerned after a child in his own family had received a nude picture of the girl's younger relative and came up with a plan to test the older girl’s character. “(He) advised (the plan)... consisted of talking in a sexually explicit manner to (the child) to see how she would respond,” the affidavit said.

“He advised he knew (she) was underage and that it probably wasn’t the best way to handle the situation.”

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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