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Tampa sex offender accused of traveling to meet minor in Largo

LARGO — A registered sex offender accused of traveling to Largo to meet an underage girl was arrested Thursday, police said.

Thornell E. Thomas, 38, of Tampa met the girl, who is between the ages of 12 and 15, through a social networking website about a month ago. They had an "ongoing Internet-based relationship," Largo police said.

Police received a call from the girl's family that Thomas might be meeting with her Wednesday night. Officers found Thomas parked near the girl's home. Despite wearing an electronic ankle monitor, he was meeting with her to "engage in sexual activity," police said.

Thomas has a prior conviction of lewd and lascivious battery against a child and is registered as a sex offender in Tampa.

He faces several charges, including traveling to meet a minor and violation of probation.

He was booked into the Pinellas County jail, where he remained Thursday afternoon without bail.

Tampa sex offender accused of traveling to meet minor in Largo 08/15/13 [Last modified: Thursday, August 15, 2013 3:33pm]
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