Man pleads no contest in Florida sex charge case

Authorities say man faked his own death to avoid prosecution

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - A Georgia man who officials say faked his own death to avoid prosecution on sex charges in Florida, has pleaded no contest in the Florida case.

The News Herald of Panama City reports 19-year-old Nathan Wilkins pleaded no contest Thursday to charges that he traveled to Panama City with the intent of meeting an 11-year-old child for sex.

Wilkins was arrested in a sting operation by investigators who placed phony child sex advertisements on the Internet and arrested those who responded.

Wilkins was out on bond when a Georgia fisherman found a supposed suicide note and Wilkins' clothing on the banks of a river. He was found three days later in Colorado and authorities say he had attempted to fake his death to avoid prosecution.

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