Miami Elementary School Janitor Busted In Child Sex Sting

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Samuel WoodsideSamuel Woodside, 45, a custodian for Miami-Dade School District,  has been charged with human trafficking, traveling to meet a minor for unlawful sex, luring and enticing a minor to commit an unlawful act, interference with custody and sending harmful materials to a minor, after he was busted attempting to have sex with a 14-year-old girl, before turning her into a prostitute, reports CBS Miami.com.

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Woodside believed he had been communicating with an underage girl, but in reality, was being lured out of hiding by Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents. They tracked him to a bus station where he was arrested. In his truck was a Snickers bar and a Dr. Pepper — the “girl’s” favorite snacks –, and a condom.

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CBS Miami reports:

“Obviously, he was stunned when we took him into custody in front of the bus station and he’s apologetic at this point for his actions,” said Bob Breeden, FLDE Assistant Special Agent In Charge.

FDLE said Woodside began communicating with the person he thought was a 14-year-old girl several weeks ago. Agents say he sent her sexually explicit photos and purchased a bus ticket for her.

“His intentions obviously were to have sex with her and he also had discussed using her to make money, prostituting her out,” said Breeden.

“He had stopped and purchased her favorite candy bar and her favorite soft drink and he had it in his truck when he arrived at the bus station to pick her up,” Breeden told CBS 4′s Carey Codd.

The human trafficking charge is a 1st degree felony that could be punishable by life imprisonment if convicted.

Louisiana has additional warrants charging Woodside with indecent behavior with a juvenile, human trafficking and computer aided solicitation of a minor.

FDLE agents used their high-tech cyber crime van to search through Woodside’s cellphone and agents also seized computer equipment from Woodside’s home.

Investigators say Woodside thought he was talking to the child but instead was communicating with an undercover officer.

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