Update: State charges have been dropped to allow for federal prosecution.
PALM BAY, Florida – Investigators say a Palm Bay man dressed as Elvis to meet an underage girl for sex, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
Paul Amato, 64, faces charges of using the Internet and a cellular device to persuade a minor to have sex. He responded to an ad, described as someone who was into a “certain lifestyle,” posted by an undercover agent with the Special Victims Unit in Brevard County.
Amato initially thought the sex ad was posted by the father of a 13-year-old who was offering her up to have sex with adults, according to the report.
Amato told investigators that he was an Elvis impersonator and wanted to wear his costume when he had sex with the girl, the affidavit said. He went into details with investigators about what he was going to do. He even brought sex toys, as gifts, for the 13-year-old.
Amato agreed to meet the girl in a Lowe’s parking lot where investigators say he showed up in his Elvis costume.
As the agent posed as the father, he asked Amato if he was ready and if he brought the sex toys, to which Amato replied that he had. That was the queue for officers to rush in and arrest Amato.
Amato admitted to police that he answered the ad and talked to a man, “about doing something with his underage daughter,” the report said.
According to the arrest affidavit, the Elvis impersonator was apologetic and said he had never done anything like this before.
Amato’s charges include using the internet and a cellular device to persuade a minor to have sex.
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