Winter Haven, Florida
- An Ohio man was arrested after allegedly traveling to Florida to meet up with a 13-year-old girl he first met playing video games online.
Police were called to the Winter Haven Public Library Saturday afternoon when someone saw baggage sitting in the women's restroom. Arriving officers found the 13-year-old outside of the building with several pieces of luggage. As she was questioned, Carl Sampson, 25, approached and told police that he was the girl's friend and was there to take her back to Ohio with him.
Police discovered that the two met online through video games on the Sony PlayStation 3. They communicated this way multiple times.
The girl reportedly told Sampson that she was 18 years old, but Sampson says he thought she may have been 17 after seeing a photo she sent to him. The victim knew Sampson was 25 years old.
Police say Sampson offered to come to Florida to take her back with him to get to know each other better, and hopefully something more might come of the relationship in the future.
Sampson was arrested on charges of Traveling to Meet A Minor, Interfering With Child Custody and Contributing To the Delinquency of A Minor.