March 13, 2018
Authorities in Hillsborough County said a man faces more than 30 charges as part of a sex-with-minors investigation.
The 26-year-old Valrico man was taken into custody Friday, according to reports.
Deputies said he was charged with 38 different crimes related to “inappropriate sexual contact with two fourteen-year-old minors.”
At the time of the offenses, according to investigators, the man was 25. The investigation came to light in January.
Police allege the man met the teens on Facebook and apparently transmitted and received erotic photographs over Facebook Messenger.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the man admitted to having a sexual relationship with both juveniles throughout 2016.
He was charged 30 counts of lewd or lascivious battery and three counts of transmission of harmful material to a minor, among other charges.
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