A Northport man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly traveling to Tuscaloosa to pay to have sex with a teenager.

Vishal Avishalkumar Patel, 32, was arrested on Saturday, on solicitation charges after he went to meet a woman and her 15 year-old niece, at The Best Western on East McFarland Blvd. in Tuscaloosa. According to Police Reports, Patel answered an ad on backpage.com, where after a series of text messages, he arranged to pay $500 to spend three hours with them. Unbeknownst to Patel, the "woman" was actually a Tuscaloosa Undercover Police Officer.

Patel was confronted by police when he arrived at the hotel, and admitted to arranging the meetings. He was subsequently charged with traveling to meet a child for sex acts, which is a felony in Alabama.

He was released from the Tuscaloosa County Jail on $60,000 bond.

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