IF a man arrested in an online sex attack allegedly told an undercover cop that “age is just a number”

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Allen C. Eckman | Bonneville County Jail

IDAHO FALLS – A man from Idaho Falls is accused of trying to trick a 14-year-old girl on the internet to have sex with him.

But Allen C. Eckman, 28, wasn’t texting a teenager. He was talking to an undercover agent from the Idaho Falls Police Department.

Eckman, 28, is now accused of luring a child onto the internet. According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by EastIdahoNews.com, Eckman began speaking with undercover detectives in December on the Kik messaging app.

Until June 4, officers initially ignored many of Eckman’s messages or responded with one-word replies. But that day, a detective was monitoring the undercover account when Eckman allegedly asked to text the supposed teenager. Eckman said he was looking for someone to talk to, hang out with and have sex with, court documents show.

The detective replied that they were 14 and Eckman replied that he was 26.

“For me, age is just a number,” Eckman wrote on the app, according to court documents. “As long as everyone agrees and understands what’s going on, no problem. 14 years old is old enough to make choices.

The conversation turned sexual again later this month. Eckman reportedly told an undercover detective he wanted to meet for sex. Eckman also repeatedly asked the supposed 14-year-old to send nude photos and explained the sexual activities he wished to have.

During the conversation, the undercover agent agreed to meet with Eckman on Thursday around 10:30 p.m. at an address in Idaho Falls. In order to make sure he did not run into a police officer, Eckman reportedly asked the supposed 14-year-old to show his chest through the window when he knocked on the door.

Investigators report that Eckman showed up outside the address at around 10:20 p.m. Thursday in his car. Investigators saw Eckmen on his phone as he told her he was parked outside.

Idaho Falls police officers and Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies approached Eckman who twice said he was there to buy Pokémon cards from a girl he met on the internet.

Eckman was then taken to the police station for an interview.

During the interview, Eckman then admitted that he believed he was talking to a 14-year-old girl and agreed to meet the girl for sex. However, Eckman told inquests he showed up Thursday night to scare the girl and tell her what she was doing was dangerous, court documents show.

Eckman was held in the Bonneville County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court for the first time on Friday afternoon. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 7.

While Eckman is charged with a crime, that doesn’t necessarily mean he committed it. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

“The Idaho Falls Police Department would like to encourage parents to have conversations with their children early and often about the dangers associated with using the Internet and social media,” the Idaho Falls Police Department said. in a press release. “Parents need to stay in touch with what their children are doing online, including the social media platforms they use, the photos and personal information they share, and who they are in contact with. Children / teens should never accept friend requests or reply to messages from people they do not know personally, and should never make arrangements to meet strangers for any purpose. The dangers of social media are very real and should not be overlooked. “

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