ESCONDIDO, Calif. -
Prosecutors in San Diego Thursday filed sexual assault and other charges against a Tampa man accused of abducting a 14-year-old California boy he befriended online.
Tony McLeod, 36, was arrested Tuesday morning after he and the victim arrived there on a plane from Los Angeles, according to Escondido police Lt. Neal Griffin.
The boy was placed into protective custody until he could be reunited with his family, he said.
McLeod is charged with child abduction, meeting with a minor to commit a sex offense, online enticement of a minor, contact with a minor to commit a felony and enticing a minor to produce child pornography. Bail is set at $1 million.
If convicted, McLeod faces up to six years and eight months in state prison. Prosecutors with the San Diego County District Attorney's Office could file more charges against McLeod later, Steve Walker of the District Attorney's office said.
Florida authorities were working with their counterparts here on extradition and jurisdictional issues, he said.
McLeod met the teen via an Internet game, and the relationship prompted the youth's parents to notify police in late May, according to police.
On Monday, the boy's family went to police when he failed to come home from school.
Investigators determined McLeod traveled to California and allegedly "enticed the victim to leave Escondido with him," Griffin said. Detectives then alerted law enforcement in Tampa that McLeod and the boy were en route there on an airliner, the lieutenant said.
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