Man charged with 'selling' girl, 15, for sex in Bradenton

January 28, 2014 

Elroy Johnson

MANATEE -- A 28-year-old man has been charged with have sex with a 15-year-old girl and pimping her out for sex, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Elroy Johnson was arrested Monday, and faces charges of human trafficking, three counts of lewd lascivious battery on a child and possession of a photo of sexual performance by a child, according to a news release.

The sheriff's office said detectives on Jan. 20 began investigating a case involving a 15-year-old runaway.

"The investigation revealed that the juvenile had sexual relations with Johnson and was being sold for sex by Johnson," the release states.

Johnson is being held at the Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $500,000.

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