Manatee man charged with soliciting sex with 14-year-old


MANATEE -- A 41-year-old Manatee County man was arrested Saturday in a sting operation and charged with trying to arrange sex with a 14-year-old girl, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said.

An undercover operation was initiated on a social networking chat site, according to a news release. A detective posed as a 14-year-old female and began chatting with the suspect, Marcelino Jayer Esquivel.

As online conversation continued, the suspect steered the conversation towards sex and eventually asked who he thought was the 14-year-old if she wanted to engage in sexual acts, deputies said.

Arrangements were made to meet at the Sweetbay parking lot at 5805 Manatee Avenue W. Marcelino was arrested and charged with traveling to meet a minor and engage in sexual acts, use of a computer to solicit a minor to engage in sexual acts and attempted lewd and lascivious battery, the news release said.

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