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Cyber-crime unit arrests Seminole man in sex case

Date: December 25, 2007

SANFORD - A 26-year-old Seminole County man was arrested Monday, accused of using the Internet to lure what he thought was a 13-year-old girl to a Casselberry parking lot for sex.

In reality, it was an officer with the Florida attorney general's cyber-crime unit in Orlando.

The suspect, Joaquim Enrique Santana, was booked into the Seminole County Jail about 4 p.m.

He was being held without bail, accused of violating a new cyber-sex statute that makes it a crime to travel somewhere to engage in an unlawful sex act. He was arrested in Casselberry but had traveled there from neighboring Fern Park, said Victoria Heller, a spokeswoman with the Attorney General's Office.

Santana also is accused of using the Internet to solicit a sex act from a minor.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Santana had communicated with the officer, thinking he was typing messages to a 13-year-old girl, for about two weeks, said Heller.

After exchanging sexually explicit e-mail, the two agreed to meet Monday afternoon for sex, according to Heller.

When Santana arrived at the rendezvous spot, however, he was met by officers with the Attorney General's Office and Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

He was cooperating with authorities, said Heller.

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