ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A man who allegedly tried to use Facebook to lure a 12-year-old girl has been arrested in Rock Hill.

Officers arrested 21-year-old Benjamin Lee Thrift.

Police say he tried to contact the victim online to coax her into an improper relationship. The York Prep Academy student told her teacher about the man s advances, and then they contacted police.

I feel good that this young lady felt comfortable enough to tell her teacher at school that this happened. We re glad we got this guy off the street, because if he s doing it to her, he s probably trying to do it to others, Capt. Mark Bollinger said.

Police say an officer went online and pretended to be the victim.

The arrested him Wednesday night.

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