An online sting operation to identify and capture offenders seeking sex with children online, lured what the Marion County Sheriff’s Office called the “Dirty Dozen,” which included a 34-year-old Hernando resident.
Jason Scott Scoiongay was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 16, and charged with obscene communication — travel to meet after use computer to lure child; obscene communication — use computer to seduce/solicit lure child; and, use two-way communication device to facilitate a felony. No bond was set for Scoiongay, a registered sex offender.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office spearheaded the online sting operation with assistance from other local, state and federal agencies, according to a news release issued by the agency. During the online interactions with the suspects, all of them engaged in lewd conversations with the “child” and described the sexual acts they wanted to perform with them. Some of these men also sent sexually explicit photographs to the undercover officers.
“I will always use all my resources to hunt these evil predators down and bring them to justice,” Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods said. “I will continue to do everything I can to keep this evil from our children.”
According to Scoiongay’s arrest affidavit, Detective Amanda Prince with the Gainesville Police Department was assisting with the operation in an online undercover capacity as “Eli,” a 14-year-old male from Ocala. Scoiongay contacted “Eli” at 5:13 p.m. on Meetme, a social media platform, with the user name of “superhero Big Zaddy Jay.” During a short interaction on Meetme, Scoiongay provided his phone number to “Eli,” asking him to text.
Shortly afterward, “Eli” told Scoiongay, “I need to be honest about something first tho … I’m only 14. I turn 15 soon though. I’m super chill.” Scoiongay acknowledged his age and told “Eli,” “Okay thanks 4 telling me,” the report stated. An hour passed when “Eli” stating his age again. “I’m only 14 and don’t have a lot of experiences that’s what I needed to know what to expect.”
According to the report, Scoiongay told Eli “if you want to know im a top.” When asked “what does that mean,” the defendant responded by saying “It means that I (expletive).” Before meeting Scoiongay, “Eli” asked him “what are you cool with” to which Scoiongay made a pair of sexually explicit suggestions.
Scoiongay’s picture on Meetme matched his Florida driver’s license, the report stated.
Throughout the conversation, “Eli” made several comments that alluded to his youth and inexperience while Scoiongay continued to engage in sexually explicit conversations and attempt to meet “Eli” to have sexual contact, the report stated.
At 7:39 p.m., Scoiongay asked “Eli” where they could meet, the report stated. “Eli” asked the defendant, “do you know where steak and shake on 200 is?” By 7:58, Scoiongay texted, “Im here.” It was then that Scoiongay was taken into custody.
During his post-Miranda interview, Scoiongay told authorities he contacted “Eli” and knew he was “15.” He also admitted to making sexually explicit statements to “Eli.” He denied meeting “Eli” for sexual acts only to “educate” him.
Scoiongay was transported to the Marion County Jail, where he remains in custody. According to jail records, he has a court hearing at 9 a.m. March 23.