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St. Petersburg College Baseball Head Coach Arrested for Underage Sex Sting

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ORLANDO, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — The head baseball coach at St. Petersburg College has been arrested in Orlando as part of an underage sex sting.

Robert Francis was charged Wednesday with felony obscene communication and transmitting harmful material to minors.

Orange County Sheriff’s officials say the 31-year-old Francis began instant messaging an undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old girl in an online chat room. During the conversation he posted a nude photo of himself.

Detectives say Francis and the undercover detective made arrangements to meet up in Orlando for sex, and Francis was arrested when he showed up at a designated spot. Detectives say he had condoms and a bottle of wine in his car.

Francis had an unlisted number for his Oldsmar address and he couldn’t be reached for comment.

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