Gainesville Police officers arrested a man accused of traveling to meet a minor and solicitation of a minor on Thursday.
According to a Gainesville Police Department (GPD) release, officers arrested Norick K. Liu, 57, of Gainesville and charged him with Solicitation of a Minor, Traveling to Meet a Minor and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communication Device.
The investigation started on Wednesday when Liu was contacted by a member of the North Florida ICAC Task Force, who was acting in an undercover capacity, on a social networking application.
Liu believed he was talking with a 13-year-old and Liu allegedly suggested they exchange numbers and continue chatting. Liu claimed to be 26 years old and suggested the two hang out as the presumed teen’s place. Liu engaged with the child in sexually explicit conversation and directed the teen on how to prepare for their sexual encounter, according to the release.
On Thursday, Liu traveled to the prearranged location to meet the child. Instead, Liu was arrested by GPD officers, who discovered a condom in Liu’s pocket and coconut oil in his vehicle.
Liu admitted in an interview with GPD to being the person who communicated with the presumed child. Liu claimed that, despite discussing sex with the presumed child, he was not necessarily going to have sex with the teen. He also admitted to bringing coconut oil and a condom for the encounter.
Anyone with questions about this incident is directed to contact GPD Detective Sgt. Chris King at 352-393-7660 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents can also find resources at the NCMEC website by clicking here.