Wilson's Florida jury trial pushed to Feburary

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Frederick Joseph Wilson

The jury trial date for a part-time resident of Arnolds Park has been moved to Feb. 19, 2013, at the Sarasota County Courthouse in Florida, according to online court records.

Frederick Joseph Wilson was arrested in May as a result of a child predator sting named "Operation Intercept" by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. Wilson was booked into the county jail May 8 after investigators think he tried to arrange a sexual encounter with two minors.

Deputies from the sheriff's office in Florida posed as the minors' parents, drew Wilson to a house and arrested him on the charges of using a computer to solicit, seduce or entice a child to commit sex acts and travel to solicit, seduce or entice a child to commit sex acts.

Wilson was one of 30 suspects who were arrested in the sweep intended to curb adults who use the Internet to set up a sexual encounter with minors.

The 48-year-old pleaded not guilty on May 14 to the Florida charges and remained incarcerated until posting a $35,000 cash bond on Aug. 9.

Wilson in the past has been an active member in the performing arts community in the Iowa Great Lakes. He operated a community resource center out of his home in Arnolds Park to address HIV/AIDS issues and to serve minorities including the gay and lesbian community.

Under the terms of his release, Wilson is not allowed to have contact with anyone under the age of 18, according to court records. The cash payment of the bond is a promise by Wilson to return to court for the Feb. 19 court date at 9 a.m. eastern. There are no stipulations as to whether or not Wilson can travel across state lines.

As of Tuesday, Wilson does not face additional charges in Dickinson County. Arnolds Park Police Chief Al Krueger has encouraged residents to come forward with any concerns involving Wilson's time in the Iowa Great Lakes by phoning 712-332-2227.