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Deputies: Hillsborough Co. man had sex with two minors he met on Facebook

Posted at 12:26 PM, Mar 12, 2018

A Hillsborough County man was arrested after deputies say he had sex with minors that he met on Facebook.

Timothy Tuttle III was charged with 38 different crimes related to inappropriate sexual contact with two 14-year-olds.

Detectives were investigating his involvement with one victim in 2016, whom they say Tuttle met up with at the Brandon Town Center Mall. He met the victim in one of the private rooms in the family restroom for sex.

During the investigation, a second victim came to light. In 2016, he also reportedly used Facebook Messenger to coordinate meetings with the victim at both his and her residence for sex.

According to authorities,Tuttle admitted he had a sexual relationship with both victims.

He is charged with 30 counts of Lewd or Lascivious Battery (Engage), three counts of Transmission of Harmful Material to Minor, and five counts of Use of Computer Services or Devices to Solicit.

Detectives suspect there could be more victims because they found pictures of other people in his Facebook messenger. They are working on identifying those individuals and their ages.

Anyone with any information in reference to this incident is asked to call the  Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200. 

"Contact began online. Contact began through social media. It's not the first time we've heard this kind of story, but we wish it would be the last time we hear it," Danny Alvarez, HCSO Spokesperson, said.

Deputies warn parents to make sure they are monitoring social media accounts.

Deputies say this case remains under investigation and there could be more charges against Tuttle.

ABC Action News spoke with Tuttle's family off camera this afternoon. They said they have concerns about his mental health. They said they are against any relationship with a minor and that he told them the father of a young girl gave them permission to be friends. It is unclear whether the family was referring to one of the victims in this investigation.