An ex-con from Tampa is accused of trying to seduce a child over the Internet, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Brendan Tyson O'Neill, 34, was arrested late Wednesday night on charges of seduction of a child using the Internet and traveling to meet a minor.
Between Oct. 26 and Wednesday, deputies said that O'Neill communicated on a social networking website with someone he believed to be a child under age 16.
He was actually communicating with an undercover Sheriff's Office detective assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit.
Deputies said O'Neill engaged in sexually explicit conversation and arranged a meeting with the child to engage in sexual activity.
About 11:45 p.m., he arrived at an undisclosed location in north Pinellas County to meet the child. He was arrested when he got there.
O'Neill is being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.
O'Neill was arrested in 2001 for first-degree murder for an incident out of Miami-Dade County. The charge was dropped and he was convicted of accessory after the fact. He served 2 1/2 years in prison, according to Florida Department of Corrections records. He was also arrested in October 2009 for "deriving support from proceeds of prostitution," in Hillsborough County, according to jail records.
A jail report from his 2009 arrest indicated he was a carpenter at P&T Construction.
The investigation is continuing.
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