A 31-year-old Bradenton man was arrested Jan. 17 on a variety of sex-related charges after being netted in a sting operation.
Timothy Jasonis allegedly held an Internet conversation with an adult in which Jasonis was to purchase a juvenile from the girl’s “guardian” for the purpose of sexual intercourse.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Jasonis then held a text conversation Jan. 17 with the guardian, saying he would have intercourse and not hurt the girl.
Jasonis agreed to meet the guardian that same day at Robinson Preserve and to take the girl with him.
Instead, Jasonis was greeted by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office detectives, who had posed as the guardian during the electronic conversations.
Jasonis was arrested for use of a computer to solicit a parent of a child to commit sexual acts, attempted sexual battery, and travel to solicit a parent of a child to commit sexual acts.
He was booked into the Manatee County jail and held on $75,000 bond. He remained in custody as of Islander press time.
Jasonis was scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.