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St. Petersburg Boys & Girls Club youth leader arrested

ST. PETERSBURG — A volunteer youth leader at the Suncoast Chapter of the Boys & Girls Club was arrested Tuesday on charges that he tried to seduce a 14-year-old girl through sexually explicit text messages.

Jeremy K. Lomack, 23, of St. Petersburg, faces two felony charges.

During the first week of camp at the club from June 11 to June 15, Lomack "groomed" the victim to "develop an intimate relationship with her," St. Petersburg police officers said.

Police believe he sent her several sexually explicit photos and texts. The girl told a friend about the messages, who later told a staff member at the Boys & Girls Club about Lomack's behavior.

The staff member told club supervisors. Lomack was immediately dismissed and the girl's mother was contacted. She reported the messages to police.

"The organization is deeply concerned about these allegations, and is cooperating fully with law enforcement authorities in a thorough investigation of this case," said Boys & Girls Club of Suncoast board chairman Larry Crowley. "We take it really seriously. It's an unfortunate situation."

Crowley said Lomack had just become a volunteer for the summer camp. He passed an FBI background check the organization uses for all employees and volunteers, Crowley said.

Records show the only arrests in Lomack's past were for traffic violations.

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