SPRING HILL — A 20-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after deputies said he sent nude photographs to multiple 14-year-old girls and repeatedly propositioned them.
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said it received a complaint about Jordan Deandre Jamar Waters on Monday, when a teen reported that he was sending illicit photos and saying he wanted to engage in sex acts with her and other girls at her school, Explorer K-8.
During one conversations, deputies said, Waters told the teen he lives near the school and stands outside of it, watching as the students are dismissed.
Deputies launched an investigation and said they learned that Waters had contacted several 14-year-olds via social media for about two weeks, sending nude photos and videos of himself performing sexual acts.
Waters even asked one teen to send nude photographs of herself, skip school and meet him at a local park, deputies said. The teen refused.
"During the conversations, the victim advised (Waters) that she was only 14-years-old," sheriff's spokeswoman Denise Moloney said. "He acknowledged (her age), stating that he did not care how old she was."
Deputies said they then posed as a 14-year-old girl, contacted Waters on Wednesday, and asked him to meet at the park to engage in sex acts. They arrested him when he showed up at the park, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies said he later admitted to contacting underage girls and asking them to engage in inappropriate acts.
Waters faces charges of lewd and lascivious behavior against a victim ages 12 to 16, transmitting information harmful to minors, using a communications device to facilitate a felony, obscene communication/using a computer to lure a child and violation of probation.
He was booked into Hernando County Detention Center, where he is being held without bond.
State records show that in 2016, Waters was arrested at the age of 19, accused of soliciting a 14-year-old girl via Facebook messenger and a video chat app. He faced a felony charge of transmission of material harmful to minors, but that was later reduced to a child abuse without great bodily harm. The judge withheld adjudication, meaning Waters was not formally convicted. He was sentenced to five years probation, records show.
On Feb. 1, the day after Waters' arrest, Explorer K-8 principal Lisa Braithwaite sent a letter to parents assuring them that "no part of this incident took place on campus." She urged them to review phone safety with their children and remind them to never text or talk with strangers on the phone.
"We are grateful to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, who acted swiftly to apprehend this individual," she said, "and we are certainly proud of the student who immediately reported the incident."
Times senior news researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Contact Megan Reeves at email@example.com. Follow @mareevs.