Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents arrested a 24-year-old man Wednesday for attempting to solicit a 10-year-old girl on the internet.
Authorities say the girl’s mother told the Orange County Sheriff’s Office that her daughter received sexually explicit material from a man.
Deputies then sent the case to FDLE agents in Orlando.
Over the course of the investigation, agents claim they discovered additional evidence that they say shows the man was both sending sexually explicit material and soliciting the 10-year-old to provide explicit material.
Investigators met with the man at his home in Clermont and arrested him. He is charged with transmitting material harmful to minors and using a computer to solicit a child.
The investigation is ongoing, according to reports.
Internet sex crimes, especially those involving minors, are viewed quite seriously by both prosecutors and judges alike. Juries tend to side with the child in these cases, which means an adult accused of soliciting a child could be facing major penalties if convicted. These charges must be dealt with right away, and a Lake County Criminal Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you understand the full scope of the charges you are facing.
The mere accusation that you tried to solicit sex from a child is enough to ruin your reputation and destroy your personal relationships. You could be facing lengthy time behind bars as well as mandatory registration as a sex offender if you are found guilty.
It is vital to be proactive in these cases. You must get legal help as soon as you think you might be under investigation for a sex crime. Do not wait until it is too late. To receive a free consultation, please call our Lake County Criminal Defense Attorneys at Whittel & Melton today at 352-793-9330 or contact us online. We can start helping you immediately.