Florist helps catch man sending flowers, inappropriate message to child

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HOLMES COUNTY, Fla. (WDHN) — A florist helped to discover a Milton man’s inappropriate communications with a minor child, leading to the arrest of Aaron W. Ferrell on Tuesday, February 25.  

A local florist notified school officials after Ferrell placed an order for flowers be anonymously delivered to a child with a card reading “To my beauty from your beast.” The following investigation revealed that Ferrell had plied the child with gifts and contacted her numerous times via SnapChat and test messages to send inappropriate messages and photos.  

Ferrell was charged with the use of a computer to seduce or solicit a child and transmitting harmful material to a minor and using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony. Sheriff John Tate states this arrest is a reminder to the public to both report suspicious incidents and to be mindful of phone and social media use by children.  

“This is a good example of ‘See Something, Say Something’ at work,” Sheriff John Tate said. “The florist felt something wasn’t right with the situation and acted on it, possibly preventing this crime from evolving into something that would have been more harmful to the child. […] I urge every parent and guardian to be proactive when it comes to their children’s internet and social media activity. Don’t be afraid to take a good look at their mobile devices.” 

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