BRADENTON, Fla. — Authorities say a 27-year-old tennis pro has been arrested and charged with trying to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex.
According to Fox News, Pierre-Ludovic Duclos-Lasnier, the 610th-ranked tennis pro in the world, was arrested Thursday in Florida after he allegedly sent sexually explicit text messages and photos to a underage girl and tried to have sex with her.
Police say Duclos met the girl at some public tennis courts in Bradenton and reportedly offered to coach her. The teen’s mother says Duclos was made aware of her age at the time of their initial meeting.
“The defendant was made aware the victim was only thirteen years of age and a middle school student,” says the police report.
Several days after their initial meeting, Duclos-Lanier began texting with the girl, asking her if she was interested in “hooking up.”
The conversation soon turned sexual and he later sent the girl explicit photos of his penis and suggested they meet up for sex.
Manatee County Sheriff spokesman Dave Bristow said a friend of the girl reported the incident to her own mother, who in turn called police, which triggered the investigation.
“At that time, we initiated a conversation with the defendant, ‘we’ being a detective posing as the 13-year-old,” Bristow said.
The conversation allegedly turned sexual again, so police set up a meeting where Duclos was supposed to pick up the teen from a local Starbucks. When he arrived at the coffee shop, he was arrested.
Authorities said that Pierre-Ludovic Duclos made a full confession during questioning.
He is charged with using a computer to solicit a child to commit sexual acts; enticing a child; lewd and lascivious battery; transmission of material harmful to minors; and traveling to meet a minor after using a computer to lure a child.
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