Fortuna PD Arrests Man for Trying to Arrange Sexual Activity With 14-Year-Old Girl

This is a press release from the Fortuna Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Richard Leon NelsonOn December 21, 2017, the Fortuna Police Department received a report from a citizen advising that an adult male was communicating with a 14 year old female via social media and text messaging.  The adult male, later identified as Richard Leon Nelson (age 29) of Fortuna, was trying to arrange a meeting with the juvenile for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.  Officer’s from the Fortuna Police Department began monitoring the conversations between Nelson and the minor.  During those communications Nelson suggested that girl meet him in the vicinity of the 2300 block of School Street in Fortuna.  A meeting was arranged and officer’s waited Nelson to arrive.

At about 10:50 PM, Nelson arrived at the pre-designated meeting location and was immediately stopped by Officer’s from the Fortuna Police Department.  Nelson was taken into custody and transported to the Humboldt County Jail.

Nelson was booked on charges of Sending sexually explicit matter to a minor, Arranging a meeting with a minor or the purpose of engaging in lewd or lascivious behavior, Annoying or annoys or molests any child under 18 years of age and Violation of Probation.  Nelson’s bail was set at $60,000.

Fortunately, in this case, an adult discovered the electronic communication that was taking place between the minor and this adult male stranger and was able to intervene.  The Fortuna Police Department encourages parents to monitor their children’s use of electronic devices and discuss the dangers related to electronic communications with strangers.

If anyone has information relating to similar type of activities contact the Fortuna Police Department at 707-725-7550 or 1-800-78-CRIME.



  • Mytruckisahillbeater

    Whatta sicko


  • 14!! and hes 29. predator

  • $60k bail. Shame on that!!!

  • How should parents monitor their children’s electronic communications?

    • Seriously? By educating your children not to accept social media friend requests ir follow requests from strangers, by teaching your children to come report to you any inappropriate conversation and lastly by having the passwords to your childs phone and all social media accounts and CHECK THEM REGULARLY!!!!

  • Paperwork and Laptops

    Just kill him. Really, when are we just going to have enough of these sick predators?

    • Could we at least start by actually making sure he is guilty in a court of law? Yes, the evidence sounds damning but I like our system where we judge guilt first and then mete out punishment. It seems to leads to less innocent deaths.

      • Paperwork and Laptops

        Of course, Kym! Sorry- I commented before fully thinking. I guess I am guilty of severe frustration. Frustration over- in particular- our county’s justice system and the revolving door in regards to criminal behavior that seriously impacts our local community. We want to be compassionate about victimless crimes (drug use, mental problems, etc)- that’s a good thing! But somehow we are losing the concept that healthy social behavior needs strong and clear boundaries with serious consequences for those who would hurt or steal from others. Have a nice day!

      • Exactly what evidence sounds damning? Do you know what was in the “communications”? Do you know anything about the context? Do you know anything except the innuendo surrounding the arrest?

      • I saw the messages first hand. He is guilty Kym.

        • He may be and having seen them you, of course, know. But our society is better off if his guilt is judged in a court of law and his punishment decided there.

          • You trust the law too much and must have never ad to deal with the criminal justice system.

            • I have never been arrested. However, my brother-in-law is in jail. My brother has been in jail.

              Do I think our justice system works perfectly? Damn, no.

              Do I think that people suggesting we skin, rip off the testicles and hang a person who has been just accused of a crime are a better option? Hell no, a thousand times, no.

  • Seems very kind-hearted and law-abiding of the parents to have called law enforcement. Not everybody would allow his life to be spared in such a way around here. Hmm.

  • Aguynotnamedrichard

    I’m not saying ALL dudes named Richard are losers, but how come every dude named Richard is a loser?

  • Our county, state and country need a better healthcare system for mental health patients and veterans. This suspect appears to have served in the United States Army. My question is…did he have mental health issues before the Army or afterwards and didnt get help and possibly turned to drugs and became the sicko wack job preying on young girls??? Its a sad situation all together.

  • Quit editing my posts when I comment on sexual predators. They don’t deserve any protection from my comments. [edit] I’m furious about the amount of criminal bullshit that is allowed by our county. But my comments shouldn’t be printed. BULLSHIT!!! I post by my name for a reason. Everybody know me!!

    • Shawn, I appreciate that you post your name, but when I edit your posts they are breaking site rules. There is no threat or encouragement of violence allowed.

      • Thank you Kym for being such an amazing reporter and journalist and having boundaries so it doesn’t turn into lost coast outpost! I haven’t been on there in probably a year now.

  • Nobrainnoheadache

    If it gets to the point we’re you are arrested for something especially pedofile activity, let’s just call the kettle black. Can’t think of to many cases were they are found innocent. If any at all

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