Mother finds horrific text messages of flatmate 'plotting to rape her three-year-old daughter' with another man
37-year-old Lafe Best and 39-year-old Benjamin Worster reportedly sent text messages to each other discussing the details of how they planned to go about it
Florida police officials have released the content of the graphic text messages exchanged between two men revealing how they planned to groom and rape a three-year-old girl. The accused pedophiles, identified as 37-year-old Lafe Best and 39-year-old Benjamin Worster, reportedly sent text messages to each other, discussing the details of how they planned to go about it.
Reports state that the duo was planning to "groom and rape" the toddler after striking a friendship with her mother. Worster, in one of the text messages, allegedly called the girl's mother "not a good mum" who constantly ignored her daughter and also discusses a list of items that would make kids "pass out" for a couple of hours, according to Fox News. Best responded to the message with "can't wait."
The 37-year-old was arrested last week on Tuesday after the arrest of his friend and sexual partner Worster, who was arrested in January on charges of lewd or lascivious molestation, lewd or lascivious conduct and 21 counts of possession of child pornography.
We've arrested Lafe Best on a charge of conspiracy to commit sexual battery on a 3-year-old girl. The plot was discovered in a series of text messages with another defendant, facing lewd/lascivious and child porn charges. Warning: difficult to read. https://t.co/LcPO9Fjfpl pic.twitter.com/zGEmrrqUA1— Volusia Co. Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) February 6, 2019
Police officials were alerted of the plot after the girl's mother, who lived at Worster's apartment at the time, found his phone lying on the bed and read his message thread discussing her daughter. Reports state that the mother and the toddler had moved into Worster's apartment in Ormond Beach in December last year.
Shortly after they moved into the apartment, the three-year-old told her mother that Worster had touched her. The mother found the text messages after Worster was taken to hospital with an apparent overdose.
"Single mom&Has a 3 year old daughter&Shes not a very good mom and she ignored her daughter constantly&2nd day of meeting her daughter she ran up to give me a hug and buried her head right in my crotch&So im gonna get to work on that," a text from Worster read.
While another message said: "Think I might casually accidently let her see it a few times see how she reacts maybe bring her by to watch a movie at your place when your roomates aren't home get her used to you too. Im looking up things under an anonymous browser on things that will safely make kids pass out for a couple hours."
Best responded to these messages with: "Cant wait lol' and 'Would love to bury my tongue in some little (************) Among other things lol."
Worster in another text message said: "But im over 100% sure I can at least get her knocked out alone and naked to at least fondle and defile to my hearts content."
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office reportedly released these text messages as a warning to parents to keep an eye out for such men. The Sheriff's office reportedly said that that they found a hoard of such text messages exchanged between Best and Worster while they were searching Best's house.
They also found child pornography on his phone, according to reports.
"We really do apologise to anyone who finds it offensive and disturbing," the post by police officials on Facebook read. "It absolutely is. The reason for posting it was not to shock or offend, but to show the type of grooming behaviour that takes place when a predator has access to a child."