NR 15-48 Tampa Man Arrested For Traveling For Sex With A Minor

May 28, 2015 - 3:01 pm Author: Category:

15-48The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Tampa man for traveling to Brevard County to engage in sexual relations with a minor. 27-year-old Christopher Everding was arrested on May 22, 2015, after he traveled from his home in Tampa to meet a 14-year-old girl for the purpose of having a sexual relationship. Everding was charged with Online solicitation of a parent or a child and is currently being held in the custody of the United States Marshal’s Service. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will be prosecuting the case.
The investigation was initiated after Everding contacted an undercover agent from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Sexual Offender Registration and Tracking Unit (SORT) in an Internet chat room. During several conversations between Everding and the agent, Everding expressed an interest to travel to Brevard County to engage in sexual relations with a minor. On May 22, 2015, Everding was arrested when he showed up at the prearranged location. Agents seized several items of evidence during the arrest that is being examined by forensic specialists to determine if Everding has previously engaged in this activity.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey stated, “I can’t thank our investigative team and the United States Attorney’s Office enough for their efforts. The activities the suspect was attempting to arrange with this child were particularly disturbing and vile! It is truly a blessing to know that we have a group who work around the clock to protect our most precious and innocent citizens by removing those who prey upon them from society!”
Anyone with information about this Investigation or Mr. Everding is asked to please call Agent Mike Spadafora of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office SORT Unit at 321-633-8407 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477), you can also visit http://crimeline.org/, or text ‘crimeline’ plus your tip to CRIME (274637). All information to CRIMELINE is confidential and you may be eligible for a reward.
For additional information concerning this News Release, please call Major Tod Goodyear through the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center at 321-633-7162.