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Deputies: Wimauma Man Sent Pornography to ’14-year-old Girl’

Frank Ochoa | Hillsborough Sheriff | Arrests

The “girl” was an undercover decoy, Hillsborough deputies say.

WIMAUMA – A Wimauma man was arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and accused of inappropriately communicating with someone he believed was a 14-year-old girl.

Frank Ochoa Jr., 47, of Wimauma, was charged with 10 counts of Transmission of Harmful Material to Minor and one count each of Unlawful Use of Two Way Communications Device, Use of Computer Services or Devices to Solicit Certain Illegal Acts, and Driving with License Canceled, Suspended, or Revoked.

On April 4, a decoy social media account was created by Waitlist, Inc. to depict a 14-year-old girl. The non-profit works to identify individuals using the internet to sexually exploit minors. Deputies said Ochoa started a conversation with the decoy. On June 24, Waitlist Inc. contacted Hillsborough deputies because Ochoa lived in the area.

A detective took over the virtual conversation, which by this point, had transitioned to text messaging. Ochoa sent 10 pornographic videos, including videos of girls losing their virginity. On multiple occasions, deputies said, the decoy made clear that Ochoa was communicating with a 14-year-old girl.

On Thursday (July 2), deputies stopped Ochoa who was traveling in Sun City Center . During the stop, detectives called the phone they had been using to chat with Ochoa and it rang inside the car. Ochoa admitted to the crime in a post-Miranda interview.

“The details of this case are infuriating, disgusting, and shameful,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “Ochoa, and all those who prey on vulnerable children, are the kinds of people our deputies work tirelessly to identify and ultimately, arrest. As with this case, we will work for as long as it takes to get the job done.”

Anyone who believes they were a victim of Ochoa or has information on any sort of criminal activity is urged to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-8200.

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