To catch his 11-year-old daughter’s adult stalker and confront him, a dad pretended to be his daughter.
After the dad, named Walter Martín Rodríguez discovered that she was being harassed by 29-year-old Germán Acosta via WhatsApp, he posed as his daughter, so he could identify him and have him arrested.
However, when he did finally meet up with him at an agreed meeting place he gave Acosta a beating instead.
His daughter used to receive constant messages from Acosta, all of which were of a sexual nature and highly inappropriate to be sending to a minor. In some of the messages, he was asking the 11-year-old to send over nude pictures of herself.
He even discovered that Acosta was sending pictures of his penis to her. She told her father, Walter Martín, who began to pose as her in order to find out who was sending these inappropriate messages to her.
Acosta sent messages to Rodríguez’s daughter, unaware it was actually him receiving the messages, asking her to meet him and tell people that she was meeting a friend in Palermo.
Speaking to Argentinian news channel Tele13 Rodríguez said:
“First he told me to go to his house and he gave me the address, after we could not go to his house because his mother was there and we met at the corner of the car dealership.”
Both of them agreed to meet at the Villa Crespo, a neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. When the two eventually meet up Rodríguez ‘severely’ beat Acosta, before exposing his identity on Facebook.
He told Minuto Uno, another media outlet in Argentina, that:
“The truth is that I went to kill him (…) I did not think about it, I was taken out, the police separated me, but I left him dumb.
The truth is that I did not think much, I wanted to know how far I could go, I told him I was 11 years old, my daughter’s age and he sent me pictures of his member and told me that it did not matter that he was going to be my teacher and he was going to teach me, any father who puts himself in my place would have done the same.”
At the scene, police were soon called and they arrested Acosta, however, he was later released. Now, law officials are looking into two cases, one for assault (Rodríguez) and another for grooming (Acosta).
If Acosta is convicted he could be staring at a prison sentence ranging between six months to four years.