Officer Accused of Soliciting Teen

OCALA, Fla. (AP) _ Authorities say an Ocala police veteran was charged with trying to solicit a 14-year-old girl over the Internet and sending her offensive material.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials arrested Matthew
Wayne Edmonds at his home yesterday. Edmonds has been a police
officer for ten years.

A 14-year-old girl notified authorities after she was contacted on-line in December by a man claiming to be a University of Florida student in his 20s.

The girl searched MySpace-dot-com for the man's screen name after the chat. She e-mailed authorities when his online profile displayed a picture of an older man.

According to an arrest report, authorities then began to track several screen names and chatted with a man who they believe was Edmonds by using fake names.

Edmonds was released from jail on a 4-thousand-dollar bond.


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