Independence, Mo. man arrested for solicitation of a minor

KHQA has learned that a 19-year-old from Independence, Mo. was arrested Tuesday after driving more than 500 miles to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Patrick R. Tullis is charged with indecent solicitation of a minor and unlawful possession of child pornography. More charges are pending.

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Tullis made the trek to Winthrop Harbor, Ill. twice in three days. The first trip was on Sunday to hang out with the 13-year-old and go to a hotel room. The girl left before anything actually took place.

Luckily, the girl's mother called the Winthrop Harbor Police after she read postings on Facebook about the rendezvous.

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Police officers then posed as the girl and convinced Tullis to make a second trip to the hotel to have sex on Tuesday where he was arrested.

We have placed calls to the Winthrop Harbor Police department to gain more details.