Two men charged with traveling to Bradenton to have sex with minor
BRADENTON -- Two men were arrested after traveling from Naples and Fort Myers to Bradenton to meet a minor for sex, according to the Bradenton Police Department.
John Westley Boyette, 47, and Michael Anthony Hernandez, 39, face multiple felony charges.
Boyette, of Fort Myers, was charged with travel to meet a minor, lewd and lascivious conduct, attempted lewd and lascivious battery and certain uses of computer services or services prohibited, according to a report.
Hernandez, of Naples, was charged with travel to meet a minor, attempted lewd and lascivious battery, transmission of harmful material to a minor and certain uses of computer services or devices prohibited.
According to police, an undercover detective with the department has been chatting online with both Boyette and Hernandez for the past three weeks.
Hernandez was arrested on June 10 after he traveled from Naples to Bradenton to have sex with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl. Boyette was arrested on June 14 after he traveled to Bradenton from Fort Myers to have sex with someone he believed was a 14-year-old girl, according to a report.
According to Lt. James Racky with the Bradenton Police Department, these arrests stem from an ongoing operation that Bradenton Police Detective Kevin Bunch works on. Bunch is assigned to the FBI Children's Exploitation Task Force, Racky said, and works on these cases on a consistent basis.
"It's just not every day that we have somebody actually come meet who they think is a minor," Racky said. "Both these gentlemen were told via text messaging and Internet that this was a 14-year-old female."
Boyette was being held in jail on bonds totaling $18,500 and Hernandez was being held on bonds totaling $215,000.
Anyone with more information on these cases can call any of the following numbers: Bradenton Police Detective Kevin Bunch 941-932-9300, x380, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Crime Stoppers (toll free) at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS). Those with information can also send an anonymous E-Tip through the web at www.manateecrimestoppers.com.
Amaris Castillo, Law Enforcement/Island Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. You can follow her on Twitter@AmarisCastillo.