An undercover operation between the Bensalem Township Police and FBI has netted a man they believe to be a child predator. Investigators began their investigation in Jan. 2019 and contacted the suspect on Kik.

Keval Patel, 28. Image via Crimewatch.

Keval Patel, 28, allegedly expressed interest in engaging in sexual activity with a pre-teen to undercover agents. Authorities say the Bensalem man also sent a nude photograph of himself to an officer, believing they were a minor.

However, detectives believe Patel had already engaged in similar behavior with other young girls. He faces charges of sexual abuse of children and unlawful contact with a minor.

Police arrested Patel Wednesday. He posted 10% of $400,000 bail.

A popular messaging app among teenagers and young adults, Kik allows people to chat without using a cell phone number. This allows users to register anonymously, which can open the door to exploitation. The app’s CEO Ted Livingston revealed it reached 40% of teens in 2016.

The Bensalem Township Police Department is asking people to come forward with any information about Patel or other possible child predators at 215-633-3719. Additionally, parents are asked to regularly check their child’s devices.