Miami Man Arrested for Attempting to Meet 15-year-old Girl

By: WCSO Press Release
By: WCSO Press Release

Wakulla County, FL - A 25-yerar-old Miami man was arrested for a felony count of computer pornography: traveling to meet a minor following a six month investigation where the man communicated with an undercover detective who posed as a 15-year-old female, according to Sheriff David Harvey.

Donovan Arthur Sauleda of SW 187th Ave. was charged during the evening hours of Monday, Aug. 29 when he was met by law enforcement at a Crawfordville home. He was taken to the Wakulla Count y Jail without incident.

In late February, the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received information that the suspect was sending lewd and sexually oriented text messages to a 15-year-old female victim. The teenager told investigators that she had met the suspect in 2010 through social media.

Undercover detectives established a relationship with the suspect and Sauleda came to Wakulla County Aug. 29 to meet what he thought was a 15-year-old. He was greeted by Major Maurice Langston, WCSO detectives and agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HIS).

Sauleda sent messages that were sexual in nature to undercover agents and when he arrived in Crawfordville sexual paraphernalia was discovered on him as well as Ecstasy and marijuana. He was charged with two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to sell and two counts of possession of synthetic narcotics (Ecstasy) with intent to sell.

Sauleda was held in the Wakulla County Jail under a $25,000 bond before being released on Sept. 1. Additional charges are possible as law enforcement officials audit the defendant’s electronic devices.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) National Task Force. The Task Force was created to assist state and local law enforcement agencies by enhancing their investigative response to technology facilitated crimes against children.

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