Lakeland man solicits teens for sex acts in parking lot
(BTLS Staff) LAKELAND, Fla. – A 49-year-old Lakeland man is facing a variety of charges after he solicited two teenage boys to engage in sex acts on Tuesday.
Michael Dane Jenny is being held without bond pending his first appearance before a judge. He is charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and two counts of soliciting another for prostitution.
According to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office report the teens were walking in a retail development at the intersection of Combee Rd. and US 92 when they were approached by the suspect.
The driver – later identified as Jenny – honked the horn to get the boys attention and then threw a note out of the window in their direction.
Investigators say the note offered to pay the teens $60 if they would meet him in a nearby parking lot and perform a ‘lewd act’ with him. The potential victims walked over to the parking lot with the purpose of reporting the man to law enforcement.
One of the teens distracted Jenny while the other jotted down the tag number on his vehicle When the suspect drove to an ATM to get some cash, the boys called 9-1-1.
“These teens are heroes today,” explained Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. “They made the difference between a suspect who preys upon children getting away with it, or being put behind bars. We are proud of them for thinking and acting quickly, and we are grateful that this suspect was quickly apprehended.”
When deputies arrived the teens told deputies they had never seen the suspect before Tuesday. Through the vehicle’s tag number the man was quickly identified as Jenny and the two boys identified him through his driver’s license picture.
Deputies were dispatched to the suspect’s home where they made contact with him. Jenny confessed to giving the note to the teens. Additional notes with similar wording were also found in the suspect’s vehicle.
He told investigators he wrote them while ‘trying to get the courage to ask.’
This is not Jenny’s first brush with law enforcement in Polk County. He was arrested in 2005 on one count of impersonating a law enforcement officer, one count of kidnapping and one count of carrying a concealed firearm.