Polk Sheriff Grady Judd: “Suspect is horrific example of a child sexual predator”
(BTLS Staff) ORLANDO, Fla. – A 33-year-old registered sex offender is in trouble with the law again following his arrest Thursday on a variety of charges including extortion and using a communication device in an attempt to lure a child.
Fred Allen Lucius Jr. is being held without bond pending his first appearance before a judge. The Orlando resident is in the Orange County Jail.
According to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office report the suspect drew detectives attention when they were conducting a follow-up investigation on a case involving the abduction of a 16-year-old girl. In that case, the victim was groomed, lured and abducted by a Missouri man – 46-year-old John Rush.
Rush was arrested in Kentucky on May 28th. He is facing kidnapping and child interference charges. The girl was returned to her family.
On Wednesday detectives with PCSO’s Computer Crimes division identified Lucius Jr. as a person who was contacting the teenage kidnapping victim over the Internet. The victim positively identified the suspect as someone she had been communicating via email since last year.
Investigators say Lucius coerced the juvenile to send him nude pictures. He also told her to perform lewd acts on camera or he would harm her family. Lucius informed the victim he was training her to be a slave and that he was going to auction her off on Craigslist.
The communications between the victim and the suspect were discovered on several electronic devices seized during the investigation involving Rush.
At the time of this arrest, Lucius was already on felony probation for a lewd and lascivious battery conviction out of Orlando.
He is listed as a sex offender on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s website.
“Fred Lucius is a horrific example of a child sexual predator who will stop at nothing to gain access to children in order to sexually abuse them,” explained Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. “His five years in state prison for the heinous crime he committed clearly did not deter or rehabilitate him. He absolutely belongs behind bars for the rest of his life.”
Due to his sex offender designation and the terms of his probation, the suspect was not supposed to use the Internet or pornography. He was also instructed to have no contact with any children.
After his arrest, Lucius told detectives he was aware the victim had been lured over the Internet but the Missouri man, but he denied sending emails to her recently. The report states investigators found correspondence between Lucius and the victim dated June 2, 2015.
In 2007 the suspect was convicted of a sex crime in Orange County and sentenced to five years in state prison. Lucius was released in November 2012.