42-year-old Fred Makowski started speaking with the undercover detectives in October 2018 when he thought that he was talking to a 14-year-old child. The ‘child’ was actually an undercover detective with the West Palm Beach Police Department, who said that he was traveling to Siesta Key on a family vacation. The detective posed as a female.
Makowski continued to speak with the “child” for several months and even sent her explicit photographs of himself. He then went to a hotel yesterday morning so that he could meet with the girl, who called herself “Holly.”
Detectives took him into custody, which is when he admitted that he sent the explicit photos and went to the hotel so that he could meet the child for sex.
Now, Makowski is facing charges of traveling to meet a child for sex and transmitting information that is harmful to minors. He is being held in prison without bond.
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