Investigator Jonathan Yerby said the girl’s parents came to him with charges that there had been inappropriate conversations taking place between their daughter and 20-year-old Jackson Dakota Files. They turned over access to the daughter’s accounts to Yerby who began investigating.
While searching the online profile for evidence, another man allegedly messaged Yerby, thinking it was the young girl, and allegedly propositioning her. Yerby arranged a meeting.
Yerby said the man, William Richard Byrd, 41, of Oakman, arrived at the girl’s home in Fayette County and was arrested by Fayette Sheriff’s deputies.
Byrd is charged with facilitating solicitation of unlawful sexual conduct with a child, electronic solicitation of a child and traveling to meet a minor for a sex act.
He is currently in the Fayette County Jail on $110,000 bond.
Files was also arrested and is currently in the Fayette County Jail on $60,000 bond on a charge of facilitating solicitation of unlawful sexual conduct with a child and a charge of electronic solicitation of a child. He currently has a Fayette County address, but Yerby said he has previously lived in Oakman and Berry.
Facilitating solicitation of unlawful sexual conduct with a child is a Class C felony in Alabama, with a possible penalty, if convicted, of one to 10 years in prison. Electronic solicitation of a child is a Class B felony, with a possible penalty, if convicted, of two to 20 years in prison. Traveling to meet a minor for a sex act is a Class A felony, and, if convicted, could carry a penalty of 10 to 99 years. The Class A felony also carries an additional penalty of not less than 10 years of post-release supervision to be served upon release.