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Plant City police nets 14 in child sex sting

PLANT CITY — Police on Monday added six more names to the list of men arrested on accusations of traveling to meet minors for sex, bringing the total to 14.

Operation Last Minute was a joint sting set up by the Plant City Police Department, Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Authorities posted online ads and communicated with the men who they say responded by email and text messages.

The law enforcement officers pretended to be minors, 14 and 15 years old.

When the men showed up Saturday, they were met not by teenagers but by detectives, who arrested them on felony charges of traveling to meet a minor for sex after using a computer.

The complete list of men includes: Nathan Donald Warren, 23, of New Port Richey; Pedro Manuel Leon, 18, of Plant City; Vincent Lamar Lewis, 19, of Wesley Chapel; Spyros Kouvaras, 18, of Spring Hill; Donald Joseph Langford, 56, of Alturas; Chuck Elof Lindeen, 53, of St. Petersburg; David James Letchworth, 22, of Tampa; Peter Joseph Ciaverelli, 30, of Tampa; Toby Paul Hebert, 41, of Holiday; James Douglas McGinnis, 46, of Dover; Joseph Frank Malventano, 23, of Odessa; David B. Bigelow, 43, of Massachusetts; Brian Daniel Dahlberg, 26, of Tampa; and Shannon Paul Beasley, 35, of Valrico.

Plant City police nets 14 in child sex sting 01/28/13 [Last modified: Monday, January 28, 2013 11:05pm]
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