Sheriff: Correctional officer arranged to meet underage girl for sex

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MANATEE COUNTY - Another undercover internet sting lands a Suncoast correctional officer behind bars.

35-year-old Parrish resident William Abraham works at the Hardee Correctional Institution. Manatee County Sheriff’s investigators say he arranged over the internet to meet with a 14-year-old girl to have sex -- not realizing that the girl was actually an undercover detective.

Deputies arrested Abraham Thursday as he arrived at the scheduled rendezvous spot.

He has been charged with Traveling to Meet A Minor & Engage in Sexual Acts, Use of a Computer to Solicit a Minor to Engage in Sex Acts, and Attempted Lewd & Lascivious.

Last month, "Operation Green Shepherd II" led to the arrests of 35 men on sex crime charges in an online sting operation.