A Texas man is accused of traveling to Alabama after meeting a teen boy on Snapchat and luring him to a Hoover hotel for illicit sex.
Kevin Wayne Stanley, 58, was arrested earlier this month on state charges of traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act, electronic solicitation of a child, enticing a child for immoral purposes, second-degree sexual abuse, and second-degree sodomy .
He is charged federally with traveling to meet a child for illicit sexual contact, according to federal court records made public Thursday.
Stanley was booked into the Jefferson County Jail July 6 and released midday Friday into federal custody.
Hoover police on April 2 launched the investigation after they received information about the teen’s ordeal.
Records state Stanley befriended the 14-year-old boy on Snapchat and then sent the boy nude pictures of himself and asked for sex. The boy blocked Stanley on the site, but later unblocked him and ultimately sent him pictures of himself, but only from the waist up.
Stanley then traveled to Alabama and lured the teen to the Embassy Suites in Hoover under the guise there was going to be a party with girls in attendance, according to federal charging documents.
The boy told his mother he was going to a movie with a friend and his father, and Stanley even met the boy’s mother, introducing himself as the friend’s father. He said he would return the boy home the following day.
Instead, they went to the hotel where records state the man carried out sexual acts on the 14-year-old.
In the meantime, according to records, the boy’s mother realized he had not taken his cell phone with him, so she went to the movie theater to take it to him and discovered he wasn’t there. She then began searching for him and gained access to his Snapchat messages.
Stanley eventually dropped the boy off at a stop sign near his home and told him not to tell anyone what happened or he might go to prison. The victim ran until he found a postal carrier and used the carrier’s cell phone to call his mother.
That is when the police were notified.
In June, FBI agents carried out a search warrant at Stanley’s Texas home.
Records state he admitted to sexual contact with the boy, but said he thought he was 18. Stanley told agents he lied to his wife about where he was going when he left Texas.
The state charges on Thursday were waived to a grand jury for indictment consideration. He had his initial court appearance in federal court on Friday afternoon.