Police: Father detains suspected child predator after finding Facebook messages to teen

Brandon Ruff (Photo: Scott County Sheriff's Office)
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SCOTT COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) - A concerned parent lured an apparent child predator who was communicating with his teenaged son on Facebook.

The Scott County Sheriff's Office said the parent checked their child's Facebook page and noticed an adult contacting the 13-year-old child. The parent then posed as the child to converse with the suspected predator, who came to the family's home in rural Scott County, expecting to meet the teenager.

When 29-year-old Brandon Ruff arrived, however, the child's father detained him until deputies arrived.

Further investigation uncovered previous conversations where Ruff had made friends with the child and allegedly made arrangements to meet him on other occasions.

Ruff was arrested for false informing, child solicitation and child molest with a child under 14 years old using a computer and traveling to meet the child.

Police continue to investigate whether Ruff may have had other young victims and encourage parents to check their child's Facebook pages to see if they have had contact with Ruff. They said Ruff also made a fake Facebook page under the name "Sammy Castro" and believe he has been posing as a wrestler to gain the confidence of his potential victims.

Scott County residents who believe their child may have been a victim can call the Scott County Sheriff’s Office at 812-752-8400 or 812-752-5550. If you live outside of the county, call Indiana State Police in Sellersburg at 812-246-5424 and ask to speak to investigations.