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Report: Manatee boy received lewd photo from Tampa assistant principal

MANATEE — An assistant principal at a high school in Tampa has been arrested on a charge she sent a lewd photograph of herself to a 14-year-old Manatee boy she met online, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Lauren Tilo, 30, at her Tampa home, at 6 a.m. this morning, on a charge of transmission of harmful materials to a child.

Tilo is listed as Assistant Principal of Student Affairs at Middleton High School in Tampa. She was booked into the Hillsborough County jail.

The teenage boy went to officials at his school in Manatee Wednesday, and said that Tilo had sent him a cell phone text message with a photo attached of “her in a provocative and sexual pose,” according to a sheriff’s report. Detectives determined the photo had been sent on March 7.

Tilo and the boy met online in February while playing a video game, and they became friends, the boy told detectives. The boy said they told each other their ages. Investigators do not believe the two have ever met face to face, according to the Manatee sheriff’s report.

Detectives are still investigating Tilo and are asking anyone with information on the case to call the sheriff’s office at 747-3011, or Crimestoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

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