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Deputy charged with trying to recruit teen girls for porn

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Posted at 8:12 AM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 08:12:49-04

TAVARES, Fla. — Authorities say a Florida deputy tried to convince three teenage girls that he met through work to perform in pornographic videos.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Lake County Deputy Jose Manual Rodriguez was arrested Tuesday and charged with three counts of solicitation to commit sexual performance by a child.

A sheriff's office news release says Rodriguez has been suspended with termination proceedings underway. Rodriguez met the girls while working as a deputy and initially recruited them to work for him in his off-duty job as a tobacco sales compliance inspector.

Authorities say the girls were 16 and 17 when the alleged incidents occurred from 2016 to 2019.