CLEARWATER — A Tampa Bay Times page designer was arrested Saturday morning after he solicited an undercover police officer for sex, Clearwater police said.
Douglas Jessmer, 40, approached the officer at 1:38 a.m. on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard near S Jupiter Avenue, according to an arrest affidavit. He offered to pay the officer $20 in exchange for a sex act, police said, and was subsequently arrested.
According to the affidavit, Jessmer admitted to police that he and the undercover officer agreed on a price of $20 in exchange for sex. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and later released on recognizance. Reached at his home Saturday evening, Jessmer denied the charge and said he intends to fight it.
Jessmer, who lives in Clearwater, has worked for the Times in St. Petersburg since 2010.