Police charge registered sex offender with soliciting 13-year-old boy on facebook

Victim's mom finds texts, posts and alerts police

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A St. Petersburg mother may have saved her son from a disastrous encounter with a registered sex offender, police said.

The mother, who checks her 13-year-old son's facebook and cell phone texts regularly, discovered the facebook friendship between the boy and a registered sex offender. She alerted St. Petersburg Police, who arrested 29-year-old Cornelius Ivery on charges of  lewd and lascivious conduct, and seduction of a child over the internet.

Ivery appeared before a judge Tuesday afternoon, who increased his bond to $100,000. "I'm thankful for that," said the victim's mother Noweta Sanchez. "He shouldn't be on the street." 

Sanchez said when she read the texts Ivery sent her son, "I wanted to vomit... I was disgusted."

Ivery was convicted in 2003 for false imprisonment of a child against his will and possession of child pornography. He was released from prison in August, 2010 and ordered to register with the state as a sex offender.

St. Petersburg police say Ivery was living with his mother at the time of the most recent incident. Police say Ivery initially made contact with the 13-year-old boy at a St. Petersburg skate park. They struck up a conversation and Ivery eventually contacted the boy through Facebook.

Police say Ivery also sent lewd texts to the victim's cell phone.

"This mother did the right thing in monitoring her son's Facebook page and cell phone texts," said police spokesman Mike Puetz.  "Every parent should be doing this."

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