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Craigslist Posts Solicited Minors for Sex, FBI Says

31-year-old man arrested outside mall for attempting to meet a minor for sex, authorities say.

A 31-year-old man was recently arrested at the Willowbrook Mall for attempting to meet a minor for sex following an online email exchange, the FBI said Thursday.

Eric Fantau was arrested Jan. 15 in the Willowbrook Mall parking lot for allegedly attempting to meet a minor for the purpose of engaging in sexually explicit conduct, a press release issued by the FBI Thursday said. Fantau's town of residence was not provided by the FBI.

According to a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, Fantau posted more than 100 listings on Craigslist containing requests for sex with females, the FBI said.

Fantau engaged in email communications with individuals who said they were female minors, authorities said. Fantau allegedly requested these minors to meet him to engage in sexual activity, authorities said.

Fantau stated that he had met a female minor to engage in sexual activity, the FBI said.

“In cases like these, it’s not usual for there to be multiple victims,” Supervisory Special Agent Martin Feely said in the release. “Out of an abundance of caution, we want the public to be aware that the FBI is available if someone feels they have been victimized.”

Feely could not be reached for further comment.

Anyone with information regarding Fantau or if anyone thinks they may be the victims of a crime, call the FBI New York’s tip line at 212-384-1000. All tips and information will remain confidential. Victim specialists will be available to assist victims.

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Brendan Ty Burger February 02, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Good job FBI. Throw the key away.
Leila Oxford February 02, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Arrested on January 15th and only hit the press on January 31st? "Fantau's town of residence was not provided by the FBI" Bail with or without 10%? There seems to be facts missing from this article.
stewart resmer February 02, 2013 at 03:43 PM
uhm..how about trial and conviction first? I mean really?
Melissa February 02, 2013 at 08:01 PM
This wouldn't surprise me he did this. He has been stalking me for 2 years and has sat outside my work when I was getting out late at night before.
Pad February 03, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Mellissa, Why don't you go to the police with your info. on this guy. I am sure they will be glad to hear your story.
Marianne February 03, 2013 at 03:50 AM
What is punishment ?
Melissa February 03, 2013 at 11:35 AM
@Pad I'm gonna call the FBI number and I'm giving them over 100 messages I have in My current fb an I have more on my old on. So I will be calling either today or tomorrow and presentin them. I'm just not sure how much it will help since stalking is a little different than this case
Melissa February 03, 2013 at 02:24 PM
I'm calling them tonight and I hope it helps them

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