Tampa man accused of abducting California boy faces new charge

TAMPA — A federal charge has been filed against Tony Lee McLeod, the Tampa man accused of exchanging graphic photos with a California teen and then kidnapping him, the FBI announced.

In a federal complaint filed Monday, McLeod, 36, faces a charge of enticement of a minor after he befriended the 14-year-old boy "for the purpose of engaging in unlawful sexual activity," officials said.

Earlier, San Diego County prosecutors filed five state charges against McLeod. And in Tampa, he faces several other state charges, including kidnapping and transmission of harmful material to a minor.

He met the Escondido, Calif., teen through online games, authorities said. On June 10, investigators discovered they were on a flight from Los Angeles to Tampa. Police arrested McLeod and sent the teen home.

McLeod remains without bail in the Hillsborough County Jail.

Tampa man accused of abducting California boy faces new charge 06/18/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 4:53pm]

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