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Police: Accidental sexting leads to arrest at library

WZZM-TV • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Detectives with the Southwest Enforcement Team arrested Ricardo Cura, 24, Wednesday afternoon at the South Haven Public Library.

Authorities said they became aware of Cura after he mistakenly contacted a South Haven resident through text messages. After receiving the sexual messages, the resident contacted police.

Detectives maintained contact with Cura through text messaging. Investigators said they clearly and repeatedly told Cura he was in contact with a 13-year-old girl who was living at home with her parents. Despite the age of the decoy, authorities said Cura continued to vigorously pursue the decoy for the stated purpose of having sex.

Officers arrested Cura without incident at the library. Police executed a search warrant at his home in Casco Township and seized additional electronic devices and media.

Investigators said Cura maintained a Facebook page which included numerous electronic relationships with more than a dozen young women of high school age or younger. Cura admitted his intent to have sex with what he believed to be a 13-year-old girl.

Cura was arraigned in a Paw Paw court Thursday afternoon on the felony charge of accosting a child under age 16 for immoral purposes. Bond was set at $100,000.

In addition to his arrest Wednesday, Cura was wanted on a previous warrant for felony fleeing and eluding police out of Bentonville County, Texas, near Corpus Christi.

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