FREDERICK, Md. – On Nov. 11, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) detectives successfully arrested Brian Brooks, age 43, of Stephens City, Virginia, on eight separate counts of sexual solicitation of a minor.
A part of the FCSO Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Section’s duty is to conduct online undercover investigations regarding the solicitation of minors through mobile applications, websites, and various other means facilitated by technology.
On Oct. 11, 2023, a FCSO detective was performing online investigations posing as a minor female child, aged 14-years-old, when Brooks initiated communication with her through a cellular messaging application. The detective informed Brooks several times throughout the conversation that he was speaking with a 14-year-old female. Brooks continued to engage in a sexual conversation, with the undercover detective, soliciting numerous sex acts.
Brooks stated that he would travel from Virginia to Frederick County for the purposes of engaging in several sexual acts.
Brooks drove to an agreed upon location in Frederick County and detectives immediately arrested him without incident.
Detectives transported Brooks to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center for booking.
“This male individual knew, without a doubt, that he was speaking to a 14-year-old girl and continued discussions with her in the hopes of having sex with a minor,” said Lt. Andrew Crone, FCSO Criminal Investigations Section commander. “Our detective, who posed as this teenage girl, worked diligently to identify and apprehend Brooks without incident.”
The FCSO ICAC section works in partnership with the Frederick County Cyber Crimes Task Force with a mission to investigate, apprehend, and prosecute internet sexual predators who exploit children using the internet and technology, consistent with Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force standards and procedures.