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Deputies: Clearwater man tried to seduce girls, 12, via text

A Clearwater man faces charges after deputies say he attempted to seduce two 12-year-old girls by asking them to send him nude photos to his cell phone.

Deputies say Leonardo Lopez-Navarro, 33, befriended the girls while working at a business on Clearwater Beach that features bouncy houses and a slide.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation after a receiving a call from an adult relative of one of the girls on Aug. 16 about inappropriate text messages on the girl’s phone.

Deputies say the messages included solicitation for nude photos as well as sexually explicit conversations.

Detectives determined Lopez-Navarro befriended the girls, allowing them to go on the slides and bouncy house for free. They also determined Lopez-Navarro inappropriately touched the girls.

On Wednesday, deputies arrested Lopez-Navarro, who told deputies he had shared his phone number with various other minors.

Anyone with information about other possible victims is asked to call (727) 582-6200.

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