Online sting nabs Bradenton man for sending dirty pictures of himself

BRADENTON — A Bradenton man has been arrested after authorities say he sent pornographic images of himself on the Internet to an undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old girl.

Investigators arrested Michael Seagraves, 47, after he unknowingly sent the images of himself to the undercover detective with the state’s CyberCrime Unit in Milton, Fla., according to a Florida Attorney General’s Office report.

Before sending the material, Seagraves had entered into a series of online conversations with the undercover detective posing as a teen girl, the report said. After discovering Seagraves lived in Bradenton, a warrant was issued here and officials with the attorney general’s office, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Bradenton Police Department and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office raided his home.

Investigators seized a computer and Webcam from the home, which will undergo forensic testing, the attorney general’s report said.

Detectives arrested Seagraves on a charge of transmission of materials harmful to minors, and he has since been released from the Manatee County jail on $5,000 bond.