South Fla. man poses as girl on Facebook seeking sex
(WSVN.COM) MARGATE, Fla. – A South Florida man was arrested last month after luring teenage girls into sex using phony Facebook accounts and posing as other teenage girls.
Tadd Clukey has thousands of Facebook friends on the two known Facebook accounts he managed from a large, white home in Coconut Creek. He used the popular social media site to get close to young girls, police said. “We know that he was targeting females between the age of 15 and 17 years old,” said Margate Police Lieutenant Jon Shaw.
A Margate Police Department investigation found that Clukey created accounts under the guise of two young, pretty girls he named Amanda Panzone and Kaitlyn Beth. Clukey would then send random friend requests to minors, sending private messages once connections were established. According to Shaw, on two separate occasions Clukey started talking to girls about sex and money on Facebook, then would eventually exchange phone numbers. “He would transition the conversation from Facebook to the telephone. The private messages in the two existing cases that we have would ask if they were willing to have sexual relations with an older man in exchange for money,” Shaw said.
One of Clukey’s victims was a 15-year-old girl who said she accepted a random Facebook friend request from another girl named Kaitlyn Beth. The girl agreed to meet an older man. The girl said she entered Clukey’s car where he asked her to remove her panties then penetrated her digitally. She told police Clukey did not do anything else because he had a baby boy “in a car seat in the rear seat of the truck.”
Months later Clukey contacted the 15-year-old again, this time taking her to a motel where they had sex. According to a police report, Clukey drove to a pharmacy to purchase an emergency contraceptive pill and told the girl to take it.
A second victim also said she received a random request from Clukey’s phony Facebook profile for Amanda Panzone. Police said Clukey took this 16-year-old girl to a hotel and had sex with her. Margate police said there could be more victims throughout South and Central Florida. “We believe through the investigation, through the Facebook information, that we have victims ranging from Broward County all the way to Lakeland, Florida,” Shaw said.
Police urge parents to monitor their children’s Facebook accounts and other social media for inappropriate or predatory behavior.
Clukey was arrested Jan. 28 and charged for multiple counts of unlawful sex with a minor and traveling to meet a minor for sex.
Police fear there may be more victims out there. If you have any information, call Margate Police Department at 954-935-5492.