Ex-School Bus Driver Accused of Seeking Sex with Girl, 14
He was communicating with an undercover detective, Hillsborough deputies say.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – A former school bus driver was arrested after he arranged to meet a 14-year-old girl to have sexual relations, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
Hector Cabrera, 32, was charged with one count each of Traveling To Meet Minor After Using Computer Services/Devices To Solicit Certain Illegal Acts, Use Of Computer Services Or Devices To Solicit Certain Illegal Acts, and Unlawful Use Of Two Way Communications Device.
Cabrera was previously employed as a Hillsborough County school bus driver from 2015 to 2018. He has been employed at the Hillsborough County Clerk of Courts Office since 2018.
An undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old girl spoke with Cabrera using social media on Tuesday (May 12). Cabrera said he wanted to engage in sexual acts with the detective, according to deputies.
Cabrera and the undercover detective on Wednesday (May 13) again exchanged message and agreed to meet at 1 p.m. that afternoon. Cabrera, who believed he was going to meet the 14-year-old girl, was arrested upon his arrival at the supposed meet-up location. After a search of his vehicle, detectives found that Cabrera had condoms in his possession.
“It is sickening to me that someone who was once trusted with the safety of our children as a school bus driver would prey on an innocent child,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “I am thankful that the teenage girl he encountered was not someone’s young daughter and was instead a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputy. I will not allow anyone to target the most innocent members of our society. It is all of our responsibility, both law enforcement and the citizens we serve, to work together to safeguard our children.”
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