Alert Parent Captures Child Predator in the Act

Thursday, May 16th, 2019 6:46am

By Scott County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Jerry Goodin

Facebook predator

 A concerned parent was checking his child’s Facebook account when he saw something that alerted him. The parent noticed an adult making contact with his 13 year old child. The parent pretended to be the child and the alleged child predator came to the family’s home in rural Scott County to meet who he thought was a thirteen year old. When the alleged child predator arrived, he was greeted by the child’s father who held the alleged predator, Brandon Ruff, 29, from Jeffersonville, IN, until deputies arrived.


When officer’s arrested Brandon Ruff, they investigated further and found out he had made friends with the child and had allegedly made arrangements to meet him on prior occasions.

Brandon Ruff was arrested for False Informing, Child Solicitation and Child Molest with a Child under 14 years old using a Computer and Travelling to the Child.


Investigators are looking into the possibility of other victims. Parents are urged to check their children’s Facebook pages, especially the Facebook Messenger, to see if your child has had contact with Brandon Ruff. He also had a fake Facebook Page listed as Sammy Castro. It is thought Brandon Ruff could be posing as a wrestler to gain the confidence of the children.


If you feel as though your child could be a victim and you live inside of Scott County, contact the Scott County Sheriff’s Office at 812-752-8400 or 812-752-5550. Outside of Scott County contact the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg and request to speak to investigations.


The Indiana State Police, Scott County Prosecutor’s Office and Jeffersonville City Police are assisting the Scott County Sheriff’s Office in this investigation.

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