Police: Metairie man negotiated teen sex with undercover cops

Richard Berner (Photo source: Biloxi Police Dept.)
Richard Berner (Photo source: Biloxi Police Dept.)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A Louisiana man, who police say thought he was coming to Biloxi for a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old, was arrested Wednesday in Biloxi.

Richard Berner, 46, of Metairie, is charged with attempted sexual battery.

According to the Gulf Coast ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Task Force, Berner traveled to Biloxi from Louisiana to meet with who he thought would be the teen's mom, so the 13-year-old could perform oral sex on him. Items seized during the arrest included a box of condoms and an iPhone.

The arrest was the culmination of a week long investigation involving Berner allegedly telling undercover officers about his desire to have sex with a child.

Berner was being held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center pending a $50,000 appearance bond. The Biloxi Police Department has requested to prosecute the case.

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