Man arrested for sexual solicition of a child

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement today arrested a state corrections officer for soliciting a child for sex. Robert William McGuire, 24, of Tallahassee, surrendered himself at the Leon County Jail and was charged with a single count of Computer Soliciting Enticement of a Child, a third-degree felony. His bond was set at $2,500.

The arrest stems from an online chat McGuire engaged in with who he believed to be a 15-year-old girl. During their online exchanges, McGuire allegedly used sexually explicit language and suggested that the two meet for sex. The person he was chatting with was actually an undercover FDLE agent.

The online contact began in October 2007 during “Operation Travelin’ Man,” a multi-agency initiative created to target Internet sexual predators who infiltrate chat rooms for the purpose of meeting children for sex, or to connect with “dirty parents,” adults willing to allow predators to engage in sex with their underage children.

Agencies involved in the operation include FDLE’s Tallahassee Regional Operations Center and FDLE’s Florida Computer Crimes Center (FC3), the Florida Attorney General’s CyberCrime Unit, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Tallahassee Police Department, U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Marshal’s Service, State Attorney’s Office (2nd Judicial Circuit) and the Florida Highway Patrol.

McGuire is a corrections officer at the Taylor Correctional Institution. The investigation showed that he used his personal computer to engage in the chat. There is no indication that a state computer was ever used.

Four men were arrested during the first week of “Operation Travelin’ Man” but dozens more, including McGuire, chatted with undercover agents and remained under investigation. More arrests related to this operation are anticipated.

For more information, contact:

Michael Morrison
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Tallahassee
(850) 410-8258