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Local man arrested in New Jersey on child prostitution charges

CLEARWATER — A Bradenton man accused of forcing girls into prostitution and creating child pornography who was sought by the Clearwater/Tampa Bay Area Task Force on Human Trafficking was arrested in New Jersey on Wednesday, authorities said.

Eric Antwan Bell, 37, was arrested around 3 p.m. by federal agents in Parsippany, N.J. Investigators determined he had been living in Jersey City, N.J.

On Jan. 3, a federal criminal complaint was filed in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa, which alleged Bell had underage girls working for him since 2008 and advertised them for prostitution on the Internet.

On June 11, Bell was featured on the television program America's Most Wanted with John Walsh during the show's "Be On the Lookout" segment.

Bell was also featured on the ClearChannel Outdoor Digital Billboard network throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Local man arrested in New Jersey on child prostitution charges 08/31/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 6:11pm]
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