COLUMBUS, OH – The Manager of Community Development at Meta/Facebook has reportedly lost his job – and is potentially facing serious legal repercussions – after he was recently caught on video in an amateur “To Catch a Predator” – style sting operation while allegedly attempting to meet an underage boy for sex at a Columbus, Ohio hotel.
Jeren Andrew Miles of Palm Springs California, 35, is the subject of a video posted on February 16 on the YouTube channel of “Predator Catchers Indianapolis,” whose “about” page states that they are “Exposing as many online preds as we can.”
Miles is alleged by the group to have sent sexually explicit text messages to an individual that he believed to be a 13 year-old boy, and had later made plans to meet him in Le Meridien Columbus hotel for a sexual liaison.
In the video, Miles is seen being confronted in a hotel room by members of Predator Catchers Indianapolis (PCI), wearing what appears to be a dark-colored sweat suit with bare feet; the alleged pedophile agrees at the beginning of the video – which is over two hours in length – to allow the PCI members to interview him on-camera.
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Over the course of the interview, Miles stated that he had engaged in sexually-charged text conversations with someone who he believed was a 13 year-old boy, but initially insisted that he had never planned to actually meet the child.
“I was flirting, I was talking to him,” Miles said. “There was never any intention of meeting up with him.”
However, Miles later admitted that he had ultimately arranged a meeting with the boy, and that he had chosen and set up the location.
A PCI spokesperson informed The Post Millennial that information on their encounter with Miles – including chat logs – have been sent to multiple police departments.
“Our team members gained access to his room by knocking on his door and telling them why they were there. He then invited them in for a conversation about his online activity” the PCI spokesperson said. “Screen shots of the online conversation are being finalized and will be sent to the Columbus, Ohio and Palm Springs, California Police Departments later today.”
After news of the video’s release began to spread, media inquires to Meta/Facebook about Miles – who was the company’s Manager of Community Development – confirmed that he had been terminated.
“The seriousness of these allegations cannot be overstated,” a Meta/Facebook spokesperson said. “The individual is no longer employed with the company. We are actively investigating this situation and cannot provide further comment at this time.”