VILLAGE OF CAMDEN — A private citizen posing as a teenager online led law enforcement officials to an Oswego County man who tried to meet the fake teenager for sex, according to the county Child Advocacy Center.
CAC Chief Deputy Derrick O’Meara warned against civilians taking these matters into their own hands.
Authorities said the adult male civilian went on the internet posing as a 15-year-old boy and was contacted through Facebook by 49-year-old Eric Peacock, of Richland. Authorities said the two conversed online from February to June before they arranged to meet up in Camden.
Peacock went to Camden intending to engage in sexual contact with the teen on June 5 and was instead confronted by the adult male civilian, who recorded the interaction, officials said.
Peacock left the area and the civilian turned over the information and recording to the CAC, officials said.
Following their own investigation, the CAC took Peacock into custody on Friday on one count of attempted third-degree criminal sexual act, authorities said. He is scheduled to appear in court.
“Certainly, we don’t encourage people to do this kind of thing and meet up,” warned Chief Deputy O’Meara about the dangers of civilians posing as teens to try and catch suspected internet predators.
“The potential to be in harm’s way is pretty great.”
If you encounter suspicious behavior from suspected sexual predators on the internet,
the chief said to contact law enforcement and let them