Marianna man charged with Internet stalking of child

A Marianna man is behind bars after allegedly attempting to solicit sex from a minor.

Russell McBride, 52, of Marianna, was taken into custody Monday and charged with Internet stalking of a child, a Class B felony.

According to a First Judicial Drug Task Force press release, McBride engaged in sexually explicit conversations with an individual whom he believed to be a 14-year-old girl over social media. During the conversation, McBride allegedly requested explicit pictures and videos and later sent the child images of himself.

McBride reportedly agreed to meet the individual several times for sex but never showed up at the meetings, according to the press release. During the conversations, McBride told the individual that he knew having sex would be considered rape "if anyone found out about it," investigators reported.

On Monday, DTF special agents and Marianna Police officers executed a search warrant on McBride's residence on Martin Luther King Street in Marianna. Officers reportedly found six firearms in McBride's room while executing the warrant. McBride is a convicted felon, police said.

During an interview with investigators, McBride reportedly confessed to engaging in sexually explicit conversations but claimed he was attempting to "investigate" the situation. According to the release, McBride claimed that he thought the individual was attempting to rob him or was wanting money. However, McBride said he never contacted law enforcement.

McBride is currently being held in St. Francis County Jail and is charged with Internet stalking of a child, a Class B Felony. More charges are likely to follow in Lee County, according to the press release.

McBride is scheduled to appear Wednesday in St. Francis County District Court, where bond is expected to be set.

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