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NYC teacher arrested after flying in to meet with Florida minor, Sheriff says

Zeshaan Naqvi facing multiple charges
Posted at 1:52 PM, Jan 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 02:37:22-05

TAMPA, Fla. — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's says a 31-year-old New York City teacher was arrested after he met up with a Florida minor he met online.

According to the sheriff, on Saturday, January 23, around 1:30 a.m., Zeshaan Naqvi picked up a minor at their Tampa residence and brought them back to his hotel room.

Zeshaan Naqvi
Zeshaan Naqvi

After a few hours, Naqvi returned the victim home. At approximately 1:00 p.m., the suspect picked the victim back up, and together they returned to the hotel where they engaged in sexual acts.

Naqvi was arrested at the hotel, located at 915 South Falkenburg Road. Deputies say he admitted that he knew the victim was underage.

Naqvi is charged with:

  • Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor (7 counts)
  • Traveling to Meet Minor After Using Computer Services/Devices to Solicit Certain Illegal Acts (1 count)

"It never ceases to amaze us the lengths predators will go to, to get what they want," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "In this case, a middle school history teacher booked a ticket, boarded a plane, and traveled across the country to meet with a minor who he had been chatting with for about three months. This behavior is deeply disturbing and serves as a grim warning to parents to monitor their child's online activity."