A 34-year-old Fort Payne man is in jail after he allegedly tried to use text messages to entice a 14-year-old Fyffe girl to meet him apparently for sexual activity.

David J. Shultz, 34, is charged with enticing a child for immoral purposes. DeKalb investigators arrested Shultz Tuesday night after allegedly luring him to a meeting with the teen in the parking lot of a Fyffe business.

DeKalb Sheriff Jimmy Harris said the matter came to the attention of School Resource Officer Chip Richards on Wednesday. Richards got the phone from the girl then turned the phone over to Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson.

Harris said Edmondson, pretending to be the girl, exchanged text messages with Shultz through the weekend and into Tuesday night.

Harris said Edmondson arranged a meeting, and when Shultz arrived expecting to meet up with the girl he instead met with DeKalb sheriff’s deputies and Fyffe police officers.

Officers arrested Shultz without incident. He remained in the DeKalb County Detention Center Wednesday, his bond set at $80,000. 

This is the third time this year that officers in DeKalb County have intercepted messages sent to underage girls and made arrests.

Ft. Payne Times – Journal