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Internet Predator in Polk County Arrested as Part of Multi-Agency Initiative “Operation Travelin’ Man”

12/19/2007
 
Today, agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) arrested John William Parrott, 51, of Lakeland, Fla. and charged him with one count of transmission of material harmful to a minor by an electronic device, one count of lewd and lascivious exhibition over the Internet, one count of receiving computer statements for the purpose of sexual conduct with a minor and seven counts of using a computer to seduce a child. More charges may follow after a full forensic review of Parrott’s computer(s).

Parrott’s arrest is the latest of several arrests that have occurred across the southeast part of the country since early November 2007 as a result of an undercover multi-agency operation dubbed “Operation Travelin’ Man” created to apprehend Internet predators who target children for sex or who seek to connect with “dirty parents,” willing to allow them to engage in sex with their underage children.

Parrott engaged in several weeks of online chats with an undercover agent who he believed to be a 13-year-old girl and allegedly transmitted harmful material to her. He was arrested without incident at his home and subsequently booked into the Polk County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Agencies involved in Parrott’s arrest include the FDLE’s Computer Crime Center, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of the State Attorney 10th Judicial Circuit.
FDLE is an active member of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. This task force is one of 45 federally-funded task forces nationwide created solely to investigate Internet crimes against children that include the online sexual exploitation of children and child pornography.
Please visit the FDLE Computer Crime Center Web site to review tips for keeping your children safe online at: www.fdle.state.fl.us/FC3/

For more information, contact:

Trena Reddick
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Tampa Bay
(813) 878-7239 or 878-7300