Sarasota sheriff's office reports man charged as sex predator caught

June 12, 2014 

TAMPA — A Tampa man who fled to Cuba after being arrested in an online predator sting is in custody, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

Johandy Medina, 31, was arrested Thursday by the Fugitive Apprehension Unit as he flew in to Tampa International Airport. According to a news release, Medina’s attorney coordinated his surrender with the State Attorney’s Office.

Medina was one of 30 men arrested in Operation Intercept II, conducted in February 2013. He reportedly drove from Tampa to Sarasota to have sex with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.

Medina reportedly used the name “Cuban DJ” while communicating with the undercover agent and was arrested Feb. 15, 2013, after he arrived at what he believed to be the teen’s residence. He was charged with use of a computer to solicit a child to commit sex acts and traveling to solicit a child to commit sex acts.

“Medina failed to appear in court and fled the country,” a report states.

Medina, now charged with two counts of contempt of court, was booked into the Sarasota County jail without bond.

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