A 39-year-old Navy Chief stationed in northeast Florida is behind bars, accused of traveling from Jacksonville to Sarasota County in order to have sex with what he thought was a 14 year-old.
Last week, the sheriff’s office says an undercover agent received a message from Travis Deel where they exchanged phone numbers.
ABC-7 reports the agent posed as a 14-year-old, leading Deel to send messages about sex acts and even nude photos.
During their conversations, Deel allegedly said he was aware of the agent’s supposed age and worried about getting in trouble.
He now faces charges of using a computer device to solicit a child to commit a sex act, transmission of harmful material and travel to solicit a child to commit sex acts.