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Middle District of Florida

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Lake County Middle School Teacher Arrested For Attempting To Entice A Minor To Engage in Sexual Activity

Orlando, Florida – Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces the arrest and filing of a criminal complaint charging Andres Fernando Cabezas (33, Lake County) with attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. If convicted, he faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years, up to life, in federal prison. Cabezas is employed as a teacher at Carver Middle School in Leesburg.

 

According to the criminal complaint, between May 25 and May 30, 2017, Cabezas used his cellphone to communicate via e-mail and text messaging with a child he believed to be 12 years old, in an attempt to entice the girl to engage in sexual activity. On May 30, 2017, he traveled from Clermont to a restaurant in Lake Mary where he intended to meet the child. Upon arriving at the restaurant, Cabezas was arrested by FBI agents.

 

Cabezas later confessed that he intended to have sex with the child and then give her an emergency contraceptive pill that agents had recovered from his vehicle. He also stated that he had visited the dark web to view videos of toddlers and young children engaged in sexual acts with adults.

 

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ilianys Rivera Miranda.

 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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Updated June 1, 2017