A Missouri man was arrested Friday after allegedly posting an ad online looking for someone to beat and rape his 11-year-old daughter while he watched, KHOU reports.
An undercover officer responded to the ad Anthony Brinkman, 32, posted online, according to a spokesman for the St. Louis Police Department.
Brinkman drove himself and his daughter 80 miles away from their home in Cuba, Mo. to a predetermined location in St. Louis to meet and pick up a woman who he thought was interested in sexually assaulting the girl with sex toys.
To Brinkman’s surprise, St. Louis County police were at the scene to arrest and take him into custody.
Brinkman admitted to investigators that he posted the ad and that he “might” be in possession of child pornography.
“It’s just a lot of talk for most of these guys, but this guy actually brought [the girl] to the scene to go ahead with the next step of enacting it,” Detective Mike Slaughter told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “If we hadn’t gotten involved and someone bad had gotten in touch with him, something bad would have happened to that little girl.”
Investigators were first tipped off about the ad after someone saw it and reported it as abuse. An undercover officer posed as a 27-year-old woman and responded to Brinkman’s post.
Brinkman told the “woman” he wanted her to be his girlfriend and to help him sexually assault his daughter with sex toys. Slaughter says Brinkman also asked help in finding a boyfriend for the girl.
Brinkman was charged with attempted statutory sodomy and is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond.
“He said he was sorry and that he was stupid,” Slaughter said. “But you don’t let it go that far if you don’t have intentions.”
Authorities do not believe Brinkman sexually assaulted the girl but further investigation is pending.
Prosecutors plan to pursue additional charges of sex trafficking of a minor, according to KHOUS.
Sources: KHOUS, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis County Police Department