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School custodian arrested for soliciting minor in Florida

January 4, 2019

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (AP) — State law enforcement agents say they’ve arrested a school custodian in the Florida Panhandle for trying to solicit a 14-year-old girl online.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says John Grande was arrested Thursday.

He is charged with lewd and lascivious conduct and online solicitation of a minor.

An FDLE spokeswoman says the teenage girl wasn’t a student at the middle school where Grande worked.

After the 14-year-old girl told detectives she had received messages via a mobile app from Grande, FDLE agents assumed the identity of the girl and began communicating with Grande.

The FDLE says Grande requested lewd photos of the girl.

Online court records showed no listing for an attorney for Grande.

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