An Isanti man, Randy Lee McCray, 53, is being charged with two felony counts of soliciting a child to engage in sexual conduct and soliciting a child or believed to be a child through electronic communication to engage in sexual conduct.
On October 29, the Pine County Sheriff’s Office received a report that Predator Hunters USA had conducted a sting operation involving an adult male soliciting a minor female to engage in sexual intercourse at Robinson Park in Pine City, according to the complaint.
Predator Hunters USA is a group dedicated to finding and exposing child predators by creating accounts on social media using decoys who pose as minors to discover predators. The group is known for posting live videos on Facebook as the sting operation is happening to expose the identification of the predators.
The group reported that on October 27 and October 29, a volunteer decoy with the organization engaged in electronic communications with an adult male, later identified as Randy McCray.
According to the complaint, the adult female with the Predator Hunters USA group who posed as a decoy, created an account posing as a 15-year-old female on the dating application “Skout”. When McCray “friended” and began messaging her through the app, McCray gave her his cellphone number and told her to contact him on the “Text Me Now” application.
The decoy reported that she and the defendant exchanged electronic messages between October 27 and October 29, during which time she told McCray she was 15 years old and in 10th grade. After the decoy informed McCray of this, he replied, “[y]ou know if ur parents see me with you I will be in jail.”
McCray also sent photographs electronically of his face and genitalia and told the decoy to not tell her friends or parents about the conversation. The facial photo sent by McCray was determined by a Pine County investigator to match the photo on his driver’s license.
McCray and the decoy agreed to meet at noon on October 29 at Pine City’s Robinson Park.
The founder of Predator Hunters USA, met McCray, at the park and recorded the event live. McCray pulled up to the park in a black Dodge van. During that meeting, McCray admitted he was at the park to meet a 15-year-old and to having sexually explicit conversations with the decoy via text messaging.
McCray contacted the Pine County Sheriff’s Office on October 31 and stated he was “scammed” while using the “Skout” dating app claiming the decoy told him she was 25-years-old. The defendant later came to the sheriff’s office on November 1 and admitted he was going to the park to meet with someone he thought was 15 years old to engage in sexual activity.
The Pine County investigator also determined the van in the video was registered to McCray and the telephone number provided to the decoy was also registered to him.
Predator Hunters USA stated on their Facebook video this was the first arrest they’ve had as a result of their work.
McCray is charged with two felony counts: soliciting a child to engage in sexual conduct and soliciting a child or believed to be a child through electronic communication to engage in sexual conduct. Each charge comes with a maximum sentence of three years in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.