Sheriff: Man drove mother's minivan to meet minor for sex

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Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 4:35 pm

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. - Investigators have made another arrest in connection to an undercover online sex sting, this time arresting a Hillsborough County man for attempting to meet a 14-year-old for sex.

45-year-old Bennie Brewer of Gibsonton has been charged with Traveling to Meet a Minor and Engage in Sexual Acts, Use of a Computer to Solicit a Minor to Engage in Sex Acts, and Attempted Lewd and Lascivious Battery.

Manatee County Sheriff's Investigators initially were contacted by Brewer during the undercover Operation Green Shepherd III last month, in which he thought he was conversing with a 14-year-old female on a dating site.

According to investigators, Brewer expressed interest in meeting with the teen, but was unable to travel at the time due to work.

Thursday, Brewer drove his mother's minivan to the arranged Manatee County meeting site and was arrested by deputies without incident.

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