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Published On: Wed, Jun 12th, 2013

Tony McLeod, Florida man arrested and labeled ‘Playstation Predator’ after luring a 14-year-old boy from California

A 36-year-old Florida man has been arrested for kidnapping a 14-year-old boy after meeting him via an online Playstation game and sending him explicit photos and text messages.

Tony McLeod allegedly flew from Tampa to Escondido, California, and lured the boy to a Los Angeles airport, where the pair boarded a flight back to Tampa.

Tony McLeod

Tony McLeod

The child’s parents alerted police when he didn’t return home from school on Monday and police were on the ground in Tampa to meet the pair off the plane.

Explicit photos from McLeod were found on the boy’s phone adding that it is still unclear exactly how McLeod lured the boy onto the six-hour-plus flight, but police say he is a ‘very sophisticated predator’.

“It’s mind-boggling…this person was particularly bold,”said Major Brian Dugan of the Tampa Police force.

When the plane landed Tuesday morning, Tampa authorities were on the tarmac to arrest McLeod and take the boy into protection.

“I think when you go to a different state and you bring a 14-year-old boy back – and you’re an adult and the cops are waiting for you on the runway…I think the gig is up,” said Dugan.

McLeod is charged with kidnapping, interfering with custody, traveling to meet a minor and transmission of harmful material to a minor.

 

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  1. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

    BEFORE gay civil-rights BECOME LEGAL NATIONWIDE, THIS NATION NEEDS TO TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK AT AGE-OF-CONSENT LAWS – THESE LAWS ARE ANTIQUATED AND DO NOT FIT THE MODE IN WHICH CONTEMPORARY PEOPLE LIVE. LOOK PEOPLE, I KNOW I TYPE A LOT ABOUT RACE; BUT, THE “BOTTOM-LINE” IS CAUCASIANS AND PEOPLE OF COLOR HAVE A DIFFERENT DEFINITION FOR, “child.”

    NOW, IN REFERENCE TO THIS ARTICLE, IT IS SO “MESSED-UP” ON SO MANY LEVELS IT IS DIFFICULT TO KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN. LOGIC DICTATES:
    I). A fourteen-year-old boy probably wears MAN-SIZED CLOTHES and has some athletic capability; AND,
    II). A fourteen-year-old boy would know to not go to Los Angeles airport and board a flight to Tampa (with nude images of thirty-six-year-old Tony McLeod on his cell-phone), if he had no interest in homosex.

    PEOPLE, SO-CALLED, “children,” PLAY WITH Playstation BECAUSE IT IS A WAY TO BE ONLINE WITHOUT HAVING TO CONSTANTLY “LOOK-OVER-YOUR-SHOULDER” TO SEE IF YOUR PARENTS ARE COMING. IN THOSE HOUSEHOLDS IN WHICH CHILD-ACCESS TO PORNOGRAPHY IS ALLOWED, INCIDENTS LIKE THIS ARE OF NO CONSEQUENCE.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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