Nathan Wilkins Avoids Sex Charges By Faking Death

A Georgia man tried to fake his own death to avoid prosecution on sex charges in Panama City, according to investigators.

Officials say 19-year-old Nathan Wilkins pleaded no contest to charges that he traveled to Panama City with the intent of meeting an 11-year-old for sex.

Wilkins was arrested as part of a local sting called "Operation Rip-Tide" by investigators who placed phony child sex advertisements on the internet and arrested those who responded and showed up.

Police say Wilkins was out on bond when a Georgia fisherman found a supposed suicide note and Wilkin's clothing on the banks of a river.

He was found three days later in Colorado and authorities explain he had attempted to fake his death to avoid prosecution.

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