Tampa man accused of abducting California teen faces more charges

Published Jun. 13, 2013

TAMPA — San Diego County authorities filed criminal charges Thursday against Tony Lee McLeod, the Tampa man accused of exchanging sexually explicit photos with a 14-year-old California boy and then traveling across the country to abduct him.

The San Diego County District Attorney's office charged McLeod, 36, with child abduction, meeting with a minor to commit a sex offense, online enticement of a minor and enticing a minor to produce child pornography. Bail was set at $1 million. If convicted of all charges, McLeod faces up to six years and eight months in prison, according a spokesman.

McLeod, a phone switchboard operator for Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, already faces 10 felony charges here, including kidnapping and transmission of harmful material to a minor.

Jurisdictional issues and any extradition are still being reviewed, the spokesman said. McLeod currently is being held without bail in the Hillsborough County Jail.

He met the boy through Sony PlayStation online games, authorities said. The boy was returned home to Escondidio, Calif., after authorities removed him and McLeod from a jetliner Tuesday morning at Tampa International Airport.