The Bradenton Police Department led the operation that resulted in a Punta Gorda man being taken into custody, according to a press release from the Child Predator Cybercrime Unit in Tampa.
Adam Nelson Norsell, 24, had been chatting with a 14-year-old girl online, and is accused of making plans to meet for a sexual encounter. He was apprehended by members of the Attorney General's Tampa CyberCrime Task Force.
The BPD led the operation with help from the CyberCrime Unit and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the release said. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Highway Patrol also helped with the arrest.
Norsell had been chatting with the girl when the content became sexual, and she notified a parent, who contacted the Bradenton Police Department. A law enforcement member of the Task Force took over the chats.
"Norsell will be charged with one count of solicitation of a minor via computer, a third-degree felony, and one count traveling to meet a minor, a second-degree felony under the CyberCrimes Against Children Act of 2007," the release said. "If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison, and additional charges could follow."
The Attorney General's Tampa CyberCrime Task Force involves the partnership of 12 law enforcement agencies working together to prevent the sexual solicitation and exploitation of children, the release said. On July 2, it will mark one year in operation.
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