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Pinellas Park man arrested for sending sexually explicit texts to 13-year-old girl

Kyle Kemp
Posted at 3:53 AM, Dec 12, 2019

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — Detectives arrested a 35-year-old Pinellas Park man for sending multiple sexually explicit texts to a 13-year-old girl.

Police say officers responded Wednesday to a Pinellas County middle school after a teacher saw several inappropriate text messages on a student's cell phone.

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Authorities say the student refused to put away her cell phone in class and the teacher became aware of the messages after taking the phone from the teen. The teacher then reported it to school administrators.

An arrest report says the principle of the school called the victim, the school resource officer and other school members to his office to discuss the messages. The victim gave the principle permission to go through her phone, the report says.

After reading several sexually explicit messages the principle called police.

Detectives began investigating and determined Kyle Kemp sent the messages to the girl. They say he has no connection to the school.

Police are not releasing what connection Kemp has to the 13-year-old as that could identify the victim. He is charged with one count of transmission of harmful material to a minor.

After his arrest, Kemp refused to let authorities search through his phone, police say.

Authorities say additional charges could be forthcoming based on any additional evidence found on Kemp's phone.