Sunday, February 18, 2018
News Roundup

Report: Pinellas man sought child sex

Federal authorities said a Tampa Bay area man told an undercover FBI agent, posing as the father of two girls, that he wanted to have sex with his children and impregnate one of them.

Dwipin Thomas Maliackal, 24, was arrested last week when he traveled to Central Florida to meet the undercover detective and his supposed 10- and 13-year-old daughters.

Maliackal remained in the Seminole County Jail Monday and was slated to attend a detention hearing in Orlando federal court Thursday.

He is charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a person under the age of 18, Bay News 9 reported Monday.

The station also said he is a resident of Seminole and that a reporter went to his home, where relatives were shocked and refused to comment.

According to a criminal complaint, Maliackal contacted the undercover detective Dec. 7 on an online chat room used by pedophiles, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Maliackal told the agent he has had sex with other children — including relatives and a neighbor — and wanted to have sex with the agent's 10-year-old daughter and make her his "girlfriend," the complaint said.

Maliackal told the detective he wanted sex with his daughters to be a "regular thing."

"I would love to get her pregnant, if you're okay with that," Maliackal told the agent.

The complaint said Maliackal also explained other sex acts he wanted to perform on the children.

On Dec. 19, Maliackal asked the agent if he could come to Orlando and spend the weekend with the girls, the complaint said. The agents and Maliackal agreed to meet at a Maitland restaurant.

In an email to the undercover detective, Maliackal said, "Not gonna lie, I'm a little nervous meeting you and even more nervous about meeting your daughters lol [laugh out loud]."

Maliackal told the agent the last time he did this "type of thing" was about four years ago.

On Thursday afternoon, Maliackal arrived at the meeting place and was arrested when he approached the undercover FBI agent.

Maliackal told agents he planned to have sex with both children and has been sexually interested in "prepubescent" girls since he was a teenager.

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