Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Public safety

Citrus man accused of arranging sex with person he thought was 14-year-old girl

BROOKSVILLE — On Jan. 6, an undercover detective noticed a Craigslist advertisement seeking a woman interested in taking part in a man's violent sexual fantasy.

The Hernando County detective, who created the identity of a 14-year-old girl, answered the posting.

Soon, a 26-year-old named David Bronson Jefford responded, investigators say. The two began an online conversation that lasted several weeks. Through the Internet, reports say, the man sent explicit sexual images of himself and described in detail what he wanted to do with the girl.

Jefford, who recently applied to work as a detention deputy with the Pasco County Sheriff' Office, at one point said in the exchange that he would wear a condom when they eventually had sex.

The suspect, of 5250 E Live Oak Lane in Inverness, drove to Hernando County on Tuesday to meet and have sex with the girl, reports say. Hernando sheriff's deputies arrested him in the parking lot of Springbrook Hospital, west of Brooksville. He was in possession of a .45-caliber handgun and duct tape.

After he was taken into custody, detectives say, the suspect admitted to the crimes.

For unrelated reasons, deputies later learned, Jefford's application in Pasco had been rejected.

He was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, transmission of material harmful to minors using an electronic device, unlawful computer transmission and traveling to meet a minor for sexual purposes. His bail was set at $13,000. As of Wednesday afternoon, he remained in custody at the Hernando County Detention Center.

Records show he had no prior criminal history in Florida.

Times researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report. John Woodrow Cox can be reached at (352) 848-1432 or [email protected]

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