Man arrested on suspicion of soliciting police officer posing as minor, police say

Man was talking to undercover officer via Kik app

Robert Bowen
Robert Bowen


A man was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of soliciting a detective posed as a 14-year-old girl for sex via the Kik app.

Detectives posted an online billboard to start a conversation and received an email from Robert Bowen, 32, on Dec. 28.

Once the detective started e-mailing with Bowen they exchanged Kik usernames to communicate via text messages.

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On Thursday, Bowen stated that he “wished to meet the person,” which was an undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old girl, police said.

Police said Bowen told the “minor” that he wanted to have some fun and he was asked to elaborate on that. He sent back a sexually suggestive message to the “minor.”

Bowen agreed to meet the person, who he thought was a minor, and drive from his home in St. Cloud to Cocoa Beach.

Bowen is charged with travel to meet after using a computer to lure a child, and lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under 18.

He is being held on $35,000 bond in the Brevard County Jail.