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Two Men Arrested After Arranging to Meet With a '14-year-old Boy'

BROOKSVILLE – The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrest of two men who traveled to Hernando County, believing they were meeting a teenage boy.

According to officials, on May 31st, 49-year-old Bradley Williams traveled from Orlando to meet who he thought was a 14-year-old boy to engage in sex. Williams was actually communicating with a detective from the Special Victims Unit (SVU), who was posing as the victim. When Williams arrived at the prearranged meeting location, he was taken into custody.

Bradley Williams

Officials say detectives had sexually explicit conversations with Williams for up to six weeks prior to arranging a meeting.

At the time of his arrest, Williams was in possession of condoms, lubrication, and synthetic stimulants used to enhance the sexual experience, say officials.

Williams was booked into the Hernando County Jail on charges of Traveling to Meet a Minor and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communication Device.

Williams has since posted a $12,000 bond.

On May 30th, detectives arrested 31-year-old Frank Wheeler of Dade City, who they say also arranged a meeting to meet a 14-year-old boy for sex.

Frank Wheeler

As with the Williams, it took approximately six weeks of communicating with Wheeler before arranging to meet with the decoy.

Wheeler faces the same charges as Williams, but he is also charged with Transmission of Harmful Material to a Minor.

Wheeler is free on a $9,000 bond.


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