Bradenton man arrested for communicating with a minor for sex

Posted at 3:25 PM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 15:26:41-05

A Bradenton man accused last year of traveling to meet a minor in Manatee County is at it again, authorities said. 

Bradenton police officers arrested George Anthony Stevens, 44, for communicating on the Internet with a female he believed to be younger than 18, the Bradenton Police Department said in a news release.

Stevens used an online application called "KIK" and communicated under two different screen names - tommygun1975 and teddybear4243, the release states.

A search warrant was conducted at Steven's residence Tuesday. He was interviewed and admitted to communicating with someone he thought was under 18.

Stevens was arrested in March 2015 for traveling to meet a minor in a Manatee County Sheriff's Office chat operation.

In the latest incident, Stevens faces three felony charges of promoting the sexual performance of a child, transmission of harmful material to a minor and certain uses of computer services or devices prohibited.

Stevens was being held at the Manatee County Jail without bond Wednesday.