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85-Year-Old Florida Man Arrested For Offering To Buy 8-Year-Old Girl For $100K



A Registered Sex Offender On Probation Arrested For Offering To Buy 8-Year-Old Girl For $100K

An 85-year-old man is behind bars after attempting to buy an 8-year-old girl for $100,000– for the second time. According to WESH2, Hellmuth Kolb, 85, was at a local Winn-Dixie grocery store, when he approached Lauren Benning and her 8-year-old daughter.

Benning says she originally thought Kolb was just a lonely old man when he originally started making comments to her about her daughter. He called her pretty and said he always wanted children but was never able to have any. Benning says as they left the store, Kolb chased her down to the car and asked if he could buy her daughter for $100,000.

“Approached me in the parking lot. Actually chased me down in the parking lot and said ‘hey, I want to make a deal with you.’ I’d like to buy her for $100,000,” Benning said to WESH. “I was in complete shock.”

Bennington called the police, and Kolb was arrested for violating his probation. Police say when they questioned Kolb about offering to buy Benning’s daughter, he laughed and then said “we all like kids.” He is currently being held without bond.

Kolb had been serving five years probation for grabbing another child in a local Walmart in 2018, kissing her wrist and offering to buy her for $200,000.

He was registered as a sex offender after the 2018 incident and the terms of his probation included no contact with minor children other than family and must be accompanied in malls and big stores, which he violated by being in the Winn-Dixie alone.

As for the little girl, her mother says she’s very shaken up from the entire experience. She says she doesn’t want to go to the store with her mom again.

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