Seminole County deputies arrest 2 men accused of traveling to meet kids for sex

Two men were arrested Wednesday, accused of traveling to Seminole County to engage in illegal sexual activity with minors.

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According to the sheriff’s office, an undercover officer posing online as a 13-year-old girl made contact with 34-year-old Elias Rodriguez through a dating app.

Deputies say Rodriguez sent messages to the would-be minor, acknowledging her age, requesting a picture, and exchanging messages containing explicit dialogue.

According to sheriff’s office, Rodriguez arrived at a gas station in Lake Mary just before 10 p.m. Wednesday where he expected to meet the teen, but was instead immediately taken into custody.

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In an interview, deputies say Rodriguez invoked his right to remain silent.

He was booked into the Seminole County Jail Wednesday on a charge of obscene communication and traveling to meet after using a computer to lure a child. He remains there on a $50,000 bond.

Mere moments after Rodriguez was taken into custody, deputies say another man arrived at the same Lake Mary gas station intending to meet a child for sex.

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According the sheriff’s office, an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old girl on a dating app also made contact with 21-year-old Sterven Saint-Hilaire.

Elias Rodriguez, 34, and Sterven Saint-Hilaire, 21, each face a charge of obscene communication and traveling to meet after using a computer to lure a child.

As with Rodriguez, deputies say Saint-Hilaire sent messages making it clear he knew the supposed victim was only 14-years-old, but still requested photographs and engaged in explicit conversations before agreeing to meet for a sexual encounter.

Saint-Hilaire arrived at the same gas station shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday and was also taken into custody.

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In his interview with deputies, Saint-Hilaire admitted to knowing the age of the person he was there to meet and acknowledged he had traveled to Lake Mary for the purpose of meeting a child to have sex.

Saint-Hilaire was also booked into the Seminole County Jail on a charge of obscene communication and traveling to meet after using a computer to lure a child. He’s being held on $40,000 bond.

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