Internet Predator in Custody

Bay County, Fla. - Tonight, a Panama City man faces charges of trying to meet a child for sex.
 
According to a report, Lt. Jr. Talamantez, of the Panama City Beach Police Department, went undercover online as a 14 year old male to catch internet predators. 
 
Talamantez initiated  a online conversation with  21-year old Michael Helbling, and they were to meet at a pre-determined location to engage in sexual acts. 
 
Helbling was taken into custody when he arrived at the location.  He told the police he only came to tell the boy it was dangerous meeting up with a stranger for any purpose. 
 
Helbling later confessed that he probably would have engaged in sexual acts once he met who he believed to be a child because he found his picture attractive.  
 
The picture was of a now PCBPD male when he was 13 years old.  Defedant, Michael Helbling, was in violation of Florida Statute 847.0135.
 

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