PLANTATION (CBS4) – Bruce Loy calls his wife, Tracey, his hero. That’s because the quick-thinking stepmom prevented what could have been a potentially dangerous situation for Bruce’s 10-year-old son.

Tracey was home with the boy one day in February when he was home sick. She heard the boy’s cell phone going off with text message after text message. Finally, she became curious and started asking questions.

“I said, ‘Who are you texting?’ And he said it was his friend,” she told CBS 4’s Carey Codd.

Tracey continued her investigation.

“I said, ‘Gee, is your friend home sick from school also?’ And he said, ‘No. He doesn’t go to school anymore,'” she remembered. “And I said, “How old is your friend?’ And he said, ’20.’

Tracey asked to see her stepson’s cell phone. She became concerned because the 20-year-old was asking a lot of questions.

“For any 20-year-old to have that much interest in a 10-year-old, there’s definitely something wrong,” she said.

Then, another text arrived.

“When I had the phone in my hand, the first thing that came through that was kind of weird was ‘What are you wearing?’ Tracey said.

Tracey immediately called her husband and the pair contacted the Plantation Police Department.

A detective continued the texting conversation with the adult by assuming the 10-year-old’s identity.

According to a police report, that’s when the texts became more sexually graphic with questions about the boy’s anatomy, an offer to meet and even an offer of money.

The boy’s father was following the conversation.

“While the detective was receiving (the texts), she was reading it to me and it was pretty horrifying,” Bruce said.

Investigators set up a time and place to meet the 20-year-old and watched him ride up on his bicycle and pass by the house several times.

Police arrested Andrew Bryanspence and charged him with three counts — computer child exploitation, attempted lewd conduct and traveling to meet a minor.

According to the police report, Bryanspence “admitted to the majority of the electronic communications and stated he wasn’t really going to do” anything.

Bryanspence’s attorney, Mickey Rocque, said his client intends to fight the charges.

“He is innocent,” Rocque told CBS 4 News. “There’s always more to the story than meets the eye.”

The Loy’s are simply grateful their son never saw any of the lurid texts.

“My son is innocent and he would have lost some of that innocence,” Bruce said.

The couple believe their experience provides a sober lesson for all parents of children with cellphones, computers and a Facebook account.

“Their phone is your phone,” Bruce said. “Their email account is your email account. It’s not about protecting your children’s privacy or trusting them. It’s about protecting their lives.”

Comments (20)
  1. Mr Dude says:

    Fight the charges after admitting to the lewd texts? The nerve. How can anyone sleep at night defending these perps.

    1. carol says:

      because even if you dont like him, he has a constitutional right to be defended. Many people died so we all could have this right.

    2. FloridaFan says:

      Attorney Rocque said . “There’s always more to the story than meets the eye.” It wasn’t an EYE that the pervert was interested in meeting. Maybe you can give your client a ‘conjugal’ visit and he will demonstrate.

  2. danny says:

    that is really disgusting man. wow

  3. abootnkiki says:

    I just wonder where he met this guy or how this guy got his number

    1. GAIN AND AGEIN says:

      Sick, very Sick!

  4. South Beach Guy says:

    No need for a 10yr old to have a cell anyways. My kid gets one that calls me, my wife, and 911 only. Period.

    1. Kay says:

      You’re absolutely right. There’s no need for a 10 yr old to call anyone else other than his/her parents.

    2. Chet says:

      WOW, there are still some parents around who actually have a clue !!!!!

    3. carol says:

      gave my kid a cell phone when he was 12…had an extra one with the plan and just gave it to him. he has our numbers, a few and a few friends. havent had any probs. Guess its the decision of the parent.

  5. Howard Camner says:

    What exactly is the attorney’s client innocent of? Here’s a bit of information for the defense attorney that obviously he hasn’t considered: There’s a reason the 20 year old showed up at the house. What was he there for? To paint the place? To make the boy some lunch? get real pal

    1. carol says:

      who knows…most likely the guy will be found guilty of his crimes, but he still has the right to be defended. . Hate the crime, but support the constitution.

  6. Oscar says:

    So this guy is arrested for sextexting a minor but Rep Weiner sextexted a 17 yo girl,send lewd and disgusting photos of his pitiful weiner and nothing is happening to him.If this is not double standards I do not know what it is?.So the Rep is a priviledge person that can break the law that all of us are subjects to but no him.This is the USA,I thought that in this country there s no one above the law.Well,Rep Weiner certainly is.Anyway his weiner is pitiful.It is skinny and not very large and UGLY.I hope the Justice Dept take a handle on this crime by a Representative of the people.Shameful and disgusting this situation.

    1. carol says:

      not even close….a 20yr old sexting a 10 year old is far worse than a grown man sexting a 17 yr old. they are both wrong…but the first scenario is far worse. the 10 year old thought this guy was a “friend” …a 17 year old girl would KNOW he wasnt.

  7. Tiny says:

    Good for the parent(s) to intervene. However, teens are very vulnerable & promiscuous themselves these days simply because of the fact of what they see on TV, what they’re surrounded by in school and what they hear and see their friends do. But more so, this potential young predictor & this kid had something in common somewhere down the road and luckily the 10 year old was home sick w/ a parent and she was monitoring him. I don’t want to begin to think what could have possibly took place or has been [according to the text content shared.]

    I am definitely not condoning the potential 20 year old criminal, but these kids need jobs and other things to do to occupy their minds. This is what happens when kids drop out of school and roam the streets during the day…and the politicians think budget cuts are necessary just to cover their salaries.

    1. carol says:

      im in my 40s…Tv was different when i was a teenager than now..but i remember teens being pretty promiscuous even back then. They just tried to keep it a secret.

  8. Michelle says:

    I believe that this man should face a heavy consequence for his behavior, but so should these parents. This is another sad, but common example of what can happen when parents give their children email access, cell phones, etc… Why does a 10 year old need not just a cell phone, but text messaging? There is no reason why a 10 year old needs to text anyone at all. Parents continue to enable this generation of children. We grew up without the use of cell phones as kids and we are better off than this generation. I absolutely hold the man accountable for his actions, but don’t this child’s parents also need to be held accountable? I am not blaming the child, but his parents are a prime example of what happens when parents allow their children to have cell phones or email access when they are not ready to handle possible situations like this. My guess is there is a good possibility that this man has this type of communication with this child before and the child just didn’t say anything. These parents need to do some reflection and realize that they gave this man access to the child.

    1. FloridaFan says:

      “heavy consequence for his behavior,, so should the parents” ??? WOW, you’re a friggin IDIOT … I would explain, but it probably would go right over your stupid head. dumbazz

  9. Jackie 03 says:

    “they gave this man access to the child.” ? Excuse me, but you have just posted one of the most outrageous comments that I have ever read anywhere. I agree with this FloridaFan, you are AN IDIOT.

  10. Trina Gonzalez says:

    andrew bryan spence you are a sick person. u should be ashamed of yourself

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