TARPON SPRINGS — A local man is accused of traveling to Texas to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Scott Andrew Spoonster, of 934 Seminole Blvd. in Tarpon Springs, was arrested Friday on charges of using a computer to solicit a minor for an unlawful sexual act. He is also being held on a warrant out of Texas on a charge of child sexual assault.
On Friday afternoon, Spoonster was being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail.
Tarpon Springs police said they received a call from the girl's mother in March. The woman and her daughter, who live in Washington state, were not identified because of the nature of the crime.
The woman told detectives that Spoonster had been communicating with her daughter online through sites including Facebook and World of Warcraft, which is an online role-playing game.
The woman said Spoonster had also sent her daughter gifts and told detectives she believed his communication with her was inappropriate.
When interviewed by detectives at his home, Spoonster admitted he had talked to the girl online and knew she was 13 years old, but denied any wrongdoing. Detectives told Spoonster that the girl's mother did not want him to contact her anymore and Spoonster agreed to cease, police said. He was not charged with a crime at that time.
In October, the girl's mother called detectives again to report that Spoonster had gone to meet her daughter when she was visiting relatives in Frisco, Texas. The girl told authorities in Texas that Spoonster picked her up and took her to a hotel, where he sexually battered her, police said.
The Frisco Police Department conducted the investigation and referred the matter to the local district attorney's office. A warrant was issued for his arrest.
Tarpon Springs' detectives received confirmation about the charge from the Frisco Police Department and the Denton County (Texas) criminal district attorney. The reports contained sworn statements from Spoonster admitting he traveled to Texas to meet the girl. He also admitted he brought the child to a hotel room, but denied the sexual activity, police said.
Spoonster does not have a prior criminal record in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.