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Polk officials arrest seven Tampa Bay men in child sex sting

Authorities recently arrested 15 men, including seven from the Tampa Bay area, on charges that they traveled to Polk County to have sex with children or in the presence of children.

The arrests were made after Polk County undercover detectives placed ads on Craigslist. The detectives posed as "mom or dad seeking guidance for my daughter" and mentioned girls 10 to 14 years old.

The 15 men responded to the ads offering to teach the girls how to have sex; some of them also wanted to have sex with the mother and child at the same time, Polk sheriff's officials said.

The detectives offered to meet the men in Polk County and when the men arrived, they were arrested. Those from the Tampa Bay area who were charged are:

• Joshua Adam Hunt, 19, of 7402 Pierce Harwell Road, Plant City, is accused of going to Polk County to have sex with a woman in the presence of children. Hunt told detectives he worked as an assistant karate instructor for people ages 8 to 20 at the Planteen Recreation Center at 301 Dort St. in Plant City. Jack Holland, director of the Plant City recreation and parks department, said Hunt participates in a tae kwon do class at the center that is taught by an independent instructor who is not a city employee. Holland said his department has never received a complaint during the class' 10-year history. Hunt was charged with attempted lewd and lascivious exhibition.

• William Jackson, 29, of 6324 Selbourne Ave., Tampa, expressed interest in having sex with a 10-year-old girl, detectives said. When he arrived in Polk, he was arrested on two counts of traveling to meet a minor for sex, one count of using a computer to seduce a child and one count attempted lewd and lascivious exhibition.

• Gregory Alan Archambault II, 32, of 11816 Faithful Way, New Port Richey, came to meet a 14-year-old girl, authorities said, and was charged with traveling to meet a minor for sex.

• Leon Brisson, 43, of 3811 W Tacon St., Tampa, expressed interest in having sex with a mother and her 14-year-old daughter, deputies said, and he sent a graphic photo of himself to the detective. He was charged with two counts of traveling to meet a minor for sex, one count of using a computer to seduce a child and one count of attempted lewd and lascivious exhibition.

• Mark McClure, 44, of 1316 Vinetree Drive, Brandon, is accused of going to Polk County to have sex with a mother and her 14-year-old daughter. He was arrested on two counts of traveling to meet a minor for sex, and single counts of using a computer to seduce a child and attempted lewd and lascivious exhibition.

• Raymond Damon, 43, 7 F St., Plant City, was trying to have sex with a mother and her 13-year-old daughter, deputies said. He was charged with two counts of traveling to meet a minor for sex, and single counts of using a computer to seduce a child, attempted lewd and lascivious exhibition and resisting arrest without violence.

• Robert Chan, 38, of 1540 Pasadena Drive, Dunedin, came to Polk County to engage in sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl, deputies said. He was charged with two counts of traveling to meet a minor for sex, one count of using a computer to seduce a child and one count of attempted lewd and lascivious exhibition.

Polk officials arrest seven Tampa Bay men in child sex sting 08/16/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 16, 2010 10:52pm]
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