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Police: Largo man, 74, caught trying to arrange sex with minor

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LARGO — An elderly Largo man was arrested Tuesday after he went online and tried to arrange a menage a trois with a male detective posing as a woman with a 13-year-old daughter, police said.

On Monday, Largo police detective Corey Monaghan, adopting the persona of a mother of a 13-year-old girl, began a "casual online chat" with William Casey, 74, after learning Casey was attempting to use the Internet to solicit children for sex.

Casey's wife, Dorathy, had discovered a Yahoo messenger chat on his computer Sunday with a user named "nudeteeninga" and reported his activity to police, according to an arrest affidavit. She had filed for divorce in February, and on Wednesday filed a petition for a domestic violence restraining order.

After some online chatting with Monaghan, Casey "turned the casual conversation into a sexual conversation" and "expressed a strong desire to have sexual relations with Detective Monaghan's persona and the persona's 13-year-old daughter," Largo police said. The affidavit says that during the chat, he also "stated that he committed a sexual battery of a child in the past."

On Tuesday Monaghan, who is a member of the FBI's Innocent Images Task Force, arranged via online chat to meet Casey at Taylor Park in Largo at 2 p.m. Largo detective Lara Young posed as the fictional mother, waiting for Casey at the park.

When he showed up at 2:05 p.m., Casey was arrested on felony counts of traveling to meet a minor for sex acts and enticing a parent to consent to a sex act with a child. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $40,000 bail.

According to Largo police, in a subsequent interview Casey admitted to sex crimes that are decades old. Those admissions are under investigation. Casey has no previous record of arrests in Florida.

Peter Jamison can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4157.

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