NORMAN, Oklahoma - Canadian County deputies arrested a Bartlesville man they say was having graphic sexual communication with a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

Deputies arrested James Ellis, 27, on Friday, May 19, 2017. They say the girl he thought he was talking to was actually an undercover investigator using a popular social media platform.

Deputies say Ellis manages a Braum's in Bartlesville. They say he began communicating with the person he thought was a 14-year-old girl in April. Ellis described in detail on how he wanted to engage in sex acts with the decoy, according to deputies.

Ellis frequently told the undercover investigator he wanted to meet her and take her to a hotel in Oklahoma City, deputies say. He also told the decoy he wanted to have sex with her in her house, they say.

“James Ellis was trying to set up a meeting with our investigator for months. The amount of grooming James Ellis was doing leads me to believe this is not his first rodeo,” said Canadian County Sheriff Chris West. 

During the investigation, deputies learned James was staying at a hotel in Oklahoma City on May 19, 2017 and they arrested him there.

They say he admitted to talking sexually to a person he believed was a 14-year-old girl.

Deputies booked him into the Canadian County Jail on a complaint of Lewd Acts with a Child.