“THEY'D JUMPAT THE CHANCE 2 F__ U” - Todd Spikes
Todd Monroe Spikes was a potential predator and the law enforcement officer exposed in the Flagler Beach, Florida edition of To Catch a Predator. He is best known for bringing an array of guns to the sting house.
Todd was a former police officer who had gone back into law enforcement and was 41 years old at the time that he began an explicit chat with a girl he believed to be 13 years old named “Lindsay”. Typing in all caps, he talked about how he wanted to perform cunnilingus and anallingus on the decoy (hence the name). Because he wanted it to be a regular thing, he talked about moving down and becoming the girl’s mother’s boyfriend as well as cuckolding her by parading her to perfect strangers and watching them have sex. He promised to show up at the sting house at a particular time but fell incommunicado. Because of this, the Dateline crew and law enforcement thought he had backed out, so operations were shut down for the night. However, Todd would call the decoy at 1am saying he was on his way. Because of this, he was pulled over and arrested before he could arrive at the sting house. Shockingly, upon searching his van, they found a large array of guns, plus one revolver in his pocket that was loaded and cocked along with an assault rifle on the passenger seat, loaded and primed. Even more shocking, and this was not covered in the Dateline story, he had all the materials for a body dump: a chainsaw, tarp, ropes, and a boat anchor. Spikes remained silent during questioning and bailed out. He fought the charges for three years, but finally accepted a plea which kept him out of jail. He was given 10 years probation and lifetime RSO status. A very light sentence considering the large amount of circumstantial evidence against him which showed a life or lives (if he got in the sting house) would be in danger had he got to the meet. In 2012, he was arrested for a parole violation. While at the jail, he entered into an altercation, which when combined with his parole violation ended up giving him a three year incarceration stint. He was released in August of 2015.
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Adapted from journalist Chris Hansen’s popular TO CATCH A PREDATOR series, each episode of PREDATOR I'VE CAUGHT features Chris recalling the most notorious cases and providing a “Where are they now?” update. Email Chris directly, Chris@PredatorPodcast.com