FDLE Agents arrest Navy officer for online solicitation of a minor

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Florida Department of Law Enforcement Pensacola Regional Operations Center Special Agents yesterday arrested Robert Wade Erickson, 27, on one count each of traveling to meet a minor for sex, online solicitation of a minor and illegal use of a two way communications device.  Navy Ensign Erickson is stationed at Whiting Field in Santa Rosa County, Fla. 
Erickson began communicating with an undercover FDLE Agent online and via text message on Dec. 9, 2014.  During the communication, Erickson solicited who he believed to be a 15-year-old boy.  FDLE Agents, with assistance from the Pensacola Police Department, arrested Erickson yesterday when he arrived at the predetermined meeting location on Bayou Blvd. in Pensacola, Fla.

Erickson was booked into the Escambia County Jail without bond.  This case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, First Judicial Circuit.

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