Tampa man arrested for online solicitation of a child


For Immediate Release
February 28, 2013
TAMPA – Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Tampa Bay Cyber Crimes Task Force arrested Brian Ireland, 42, of Tampa, Fla., on two counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition of a minor over the internet and one count of online solicitation of a child for sex.    

The investigation began in October when Ireland allegedly exposed himself online to an undercover agent posing as a 14 year old female, and then solicited the agent for sex.   
FDLE agents, with assistance of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant at Ireland’s Tampa home, 12028 Tuscany Bay Drive, Apt. 101.  Agents and deputies seized three computers and other digital media which will undergo forensic evaluation.  
Ireland was arrested without incident and was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail.
The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. 
Please visit the FDLE Computer Crime Center website to review tips for keeping your children safe online at:
For Further Information Contact:
Gretl Plessinger, Keith Kameg or Steve Arthur
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001

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