Police: Man with toddler in the car solicited prostitute

March 12, 2014 at 4:57 PM
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., March 12 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said they arrested an alleged bad dad accused of soliciting a prostitute while his toddler son was in the car.

Daytona Beach police said Patrick Williams had his toddler son in the back seat of his car when he spoke to a woman on Ridgewood Avenue, which is known as a prostitution hot spot in Daytona Beach, and arranged to pay her for an oral sex act, WESH-TV, Orlando, Fla., reported Wednesday.

However, the woman turned out to be an undercover police officer and Williams was arrested on a solicitation charge.

"He's a father, married man. Normally on Ridgewood Avenue are these disease-infested prostitutes," Police Chief Mike Chitwood said. "You run the risk to get robbed or whatever else you want to do and you think it's okay to bring your ... kid with you?"

Williams denied agreeing to pay the woman for any sexual acts.

"I never solicited in any way. She came over, offered everything. It's a big entrapment. Police sting," Williams said. "The reality is I thought it was some crazy crackhead. I felt bad for her, prayed for her and drove off."

Williams said he plans to fight the charges.

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