A Joplin man was taken into custody Sunday at a Miami motel after allegedly arranging to have sex with a Fairland woman and her 3-year-old daughter.
Jeffery C. Lewis, 33, of Joplin, was arrested on anticipated charges of conspiracy to commit child sex abuse, law enforcment officials said.
According to an affidavit for arrest, a Fairland couple contacted local authorities in reference to online conversations, phone calls and text messages they had been having with Lewis for approximately seven months.
“The female complainant advised that she and her husband have an open relationship and that she met Lewis on an adult Web site around Christmas of 2007,” said Ottawa County Undersheriff Bob Ernst.
The affidavit states that recently Lewis had been asking if the male complainant was interested in having sexual relations with a young girl.
Lewis allegedly told the couple he had “raped” a 13-year-old family member and commented that the minor would be available for sexual relations with the couple.
On Saturday, Lewis allegedly sent text messages to the female complainant stating that he wanted to meet with her and the couple's 3-year-old daughter for sexual relations.
After contacting authorities, arrangements were made for the female complainant to meet with Lewis in Miami.
While traveling to Miami, Lewis sent a series of text messages to the female complainant which described explicit sexual acts he wanted to have with the child. When Lewis arrived at the motel, authorities were waiting to arrest him.
“Lewis denied ever molesting a child,” Ernst said. “He stated he traveled to Miami to have sex with an adult and he would never force himself on anyone nor would he have touched the 3-year-old.”
When authorities asked why Lewis had sent the female complainant to get her daughter after meeting at the motel, Lewis could not provide an answer.
Ernst said Lewis told authorities he would not have had sex with the 3-year-old.
He allegedly admitted sending the text messages but said the texts were “all part of a fantasy world” and told authorities that “all of this has been a big game online.”