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13-043 Man Arrested For Sending Sexually Explicit Texts And PhotoTo A Minor

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Crimes Against Children Unit

Jeffrey William Lachance (Arrested)
DOB: 02/22/1989
Address: 5843 Calais Lane, St. Petersburg
Arrested for Transmission of Material Harmful to Minors; and Certain Uses of Computers or Devices Prohibited

The victim is a 15 year-old female, who did not know the suspect. Per Fl Statute 119.071(2)(h)1 no further information will be released that would tend to identify the victim.

What:
Detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit have arrested a St. Petersburg man after he sent a photo of his private body parts to the victim along with text messages soliciting the girl for sex in return for money.

When:
The suspect was arrested on March 6, 2013.

Where:
The crime occurred in Pinellas County.

Why/How:
Detectives began investigating the crime in December 2012 after the victim showed the photo and texts to her grandmother. The grandmother contacted the Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives say in the text, the male identified himself as “Jeffrey,” and told the victim he had been her former church group leader a few years before.

Through their investigation, detectives were able to identify the suspect as 24-year-old Jeffrey William LaChance. LaChance voluntarily responded to the Sheriff’s Administration Building for an interview on March 6, 2013. The suspect admitted to the crime. He told detectives that he at one time was a youth group leader at a local church; and that he had located the victim through Facebook.

The investigation continues.

Investigators say there may be other victims and are asking anyone with additional information that may assist in this case to contact Detective Mark Kolenda of the Crimes Against Children Unit at 727-582-6200.

Jeffrey W. LaChance

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