Monday, June 25, 2018
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Police: St. Petersburg man arrested after soliciting sex online from 14-year-old

ST. PETERSBURG — A 27-year-old man was arrested Friday morning when he showed up to a house in St. Petersburg to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex, according to police.

But the young girl that Ashraf Kareem thought he had been chatting with online turned out to be an undercover police officer, authorities said.

Kareem, of St. Petersburg, corresponded with the officer through the social networking website badoo.com, police said. The officer pretended to be a 14-year-old girl and the conversation turned to sex.

In the chat, Kareem detailed sex acts he wanted to do with the girl, police said. He contacted the officer by phone and agreed to go to the St. Petersburg house. When he arrived just after 11 a.m. Friday, police arrested him.

In a interview following his arrest, Kareem told police he thought the girl he was going to meet was 19 years old, according to an arrest report. He was booked in the Pinellas County Jail on charges of prohibited computer usage and traveling to meet a minor. He was held on $30,000 bail.

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