A 45-year-old St. Petersburg man was arrested in Holiday on Tuesday for allegedly travelling to have sex with a teenager.
The staff reported a suspicious vehicle in the middle school parking lot’s bus loop.
The man was allegedly going to the high school to meet up with a 16-year-old girl. The arrest report details plans made to meet up for sex.
The alleged agreement was for $100. The teen apparently requested a vaping device which is what the man allegedly agreed to buying.
The report alleges the man, who apparently has a history of human trafficking, had a condom and male enhancement pills in his car.
The man faces a number of charges, including contributing to the delinquency of a minor, traveling to meet a minor and trespassing on school grounds.
Travelling to meet a minor is a very serious sex crime charge. This crime is a second-degree felony in the state of Florida. This means that a person who is convicted of traveling to meet a minor may face a term of incarceration for up to 15 years. They may also face a fine of up to $10,000. There may be other collateral consequences of a conviction for traveling to meet a minor.
Florida residents who find themselves arrested for traveling to meet a minor should take this charge seriously and retain the legal services of an experienced Florida Sex Crimes Defense Attorney at Whittel & Melton. We can assist you in evaluating and analyzing any witness statements and evidence against you and formulate a defense strategy that is designed with the hopes of securing the best possible outcome for your case. Contact us today by calling us in Pinellas County at 727-823-0000 or statewide at 866-608-5529. We are available 24/7 for your convenience, so you can always contact us online.
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