Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Public safety

Oldsmar man accused of planning to use drugs, have sex with 16-year-old

CLEARWATER — A 21-year-old man accused of planning to take a 16-year-old girl out of the state to use drugs and have sex with her was arrested Sunday, police said.

Carlos Santiago Garcia of 542 Longwood Circle in Oldsmar faces charges of interference with child custody, traveling to meet a minor, marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession, and illegally using a computer service to lure a child.

Garcia used a "social networking website" and a cellphone to develop a relationship with the girl, police said. On Sunday, he arrived at the victim's home to pick her up and head out of Florida, an arrest affidavit shows.

As he and the girl were loading luggage into a car, officers arrived and arrested him, Clearwater police said.

Garcia admitted to detectives that he would have had sex with the girl if she consented, according to an affidavit. Authorities said they also found marijuana, alcohol and a tobacco grinder with marijuana residue in the car.

The investigation was conducted by the Clearwater/Tampa Bay Area Task Force On Human Trafficking, which involves several law enforcement agencies, including the Clearwater Police Department.

Garcia was booked into the Pinellas County Jail, but was released early Monday on $20,300 bail.

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