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Clearwater Man Arrested for Online Solicitation of a Minor

5/1/2008
 
Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Computer Crime Center (FC3) arrested Kevin Rutter, 36, of Clearwater, yesterday and charged him with one count of soliciting a minor online for sex and one count of transmitting harmful material to a minor.

Rutter became a suspect during an undercover investigation by FDLE’s Computer Crime Center. During the investigation, which began in January, Rutter chatted online with an undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old girl. During the chats, Rutter knowingly used his computer to solicit, seduce and entice the “girl” for sex. During the course of five of those chats, Rutter used his Web cam to expose himself.

Rutter was arrested at his home and booked into the Pinellas County Jail. Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the Clearwater Police Department assisted with the investigation and arrest. Additional charges may be filed pending a complete forensic review of Rutter’s computer.

FDLE is an active member of the three Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces in Florida. There are 59 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/cms/FCCC/FC3-Home.aspx

For more information, contact:

Heather Smith or Kristen Perezluha
FDLE Public Information Office
(850) 410-7001