Mackendjo Etienne charged with soliciting an underage girl online

VERO BEACH, Fla. - A 21-year-old Fort Pierce man traveled to Vero Beach to meet a 14-year-old according to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office.

Mackendjo Etienne, according to deputies, posted an online ad looking for an minor teen.

Deputies say that an undercover sex crime detective responded to the online classified ad. The detective posed as a 14-year-old girl.

Etienne, according to deputies, told the detective that being 14-years-old is 'kinda a problem' and he had to be careful that he wasn't being set up.

Etienne told investigators that he traveled to Vero Beach to have a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl.

Investigators say that Etienne traveled to a hotel in the 8700 block of State Road 60 Thursday night. He was taken into custody by IRC deputies and booked into the Indian River County Jail.


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