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Webcam sex acts lead to an arrest

MANATEE — Authorities say a 47-year-old Bradenton man was performing a sex act on himself in front of a Webcam, but turned the camera off after the person watching over the Internet said she was 14.

However, 20 minutes later, authorities say, Michael Seagraves again contacted the same Web account, calling on the teen to view his Webcam.

He did not know the girl was, in fact, an undercover investigator with the Florida Attorney General’s CyberCrime Unit in Tampa, according to a report from the attorney general’s office.

After the second contact from Seagraves, the Milton, Fla., detective posing as the teen accessed Seagraves’ Webcam, and again Seagraves could be seen performing a sex act on himself.

Seagraves went on to enter into several other sexual conversations online with the detective posing as the teen girl, according to investigators.

The detective notified members of the CyberCrime Unit, which includes a member from the Bradenton Police Department. It was enough to obtain a warrant for Seagraves’ arrest, according to the attorney general’s report.

On Wednesday, investigators with the attorney general’s office, Bradenton Police Department and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office raided Seagraves’ home in the 4500 block of Seminole Street, seizing a computer, monitor and Webcam.

The equipment will undergo forensic testing to see if there are victims, the report said.

Seagraves admitted he had turned off his camera upon learning the girl he thought he was contacting was 14, then contacted her again and committed the same act a second time, according to a Bradenton Police Department report.

He also confirmed his identity when investigators showed him the video of him committing the sex act.

Also, during the search of Seagraves’ home, investigators found more than 19 grams of marijuana in a box, which Seagraves admitted to owning.

Investigators arrested Seagraves on charges of transmission of harmful material to a minor and possession of marijuana. He was released on $5,120 bond.

Seagraves is the second man arrested by the CyberCrime Unit in Bradenton.

In February 2009, the CyberCrime Unit arrested Roberto Manzanero on child pornography charges after an investigation by Bradenton police and the attorney general’s office revealed he had on his computer numerous images of children being sexually abused.

Manzanero, 25, pleaded no contest to child porn charges, and a judge sentenced him to four years in prison. He had also been designated as a sex offender.