PCSO: Man seduced 12-year-old girls via cell phone texting

PINEALLAS COUNTY, Fla. - A Clearwater man is under arrest after he seduced two 12-year-old girls through text message, Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives say.

33-year-old Leonardo Lopez-Navarro, who operated a bouncy house and inflatable slides at Clearwater Beach, befriended the girls during the latter part of the summer, according to a sheriff's statement.

Investigators became involved after a relative of one of the girls found inappropriate messages on the girl's phone.  The messages included requests for nude photos and sexually explicit language.

Detectives also determined there had been inappropriate physical contact between Navarro and the girls at the Clearwater Beach location.

Navarro was arrested late Wednesday night and admitted to sharing his phone number with various juveniles, according to the statement.

Detectives believe there may be other victims and ask that anyone with information contact Detective Holly Tsanakaliotis of the Special Victims Unit at 727-582-6200.
 

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