UF student charged with sex with minor

Girl, 14, says she met the suspect online and didn't know his real age.

Published: Friday, January 13, 2012 at 10:34 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 13, 2012 at 8:25 p.m.

LAKELAND — A University of Florida student is accused of driving to Lakeland multiple times last year to carry on a five-month sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl he met online.

And it wasn't his first attempt at such a relationship, Polk County deputies said.

Steven Nixon, 22, who studies engineering at UF, was jailed Tuesday on charges that include lewd and lascivious battery. He attended school in the fall but wasn't registered for classes this semester, a UF spokeswoman said Thursday.

"His ‘free' ride to school is over," Sheriff Grady Judd said in a written statement. "Instead, we gave him a ‘free' ride to the Polk County Jail."

Nixon was on probation stemming from a 2010 arrest in Polk County, an arrest report says. He was accused of driving to Lakeland from Brandon to meet another 14-year-old girl but never had sex with her.

Nixon later pleaded guilty to a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

In the most recent case, the mother of a teenage girl in Lakeland called deputies Dec. 20 after she overheard her daughter discussing having sex with an older man, an arrest report says.

The girl told deputies she met Nixon online and he had visited her one to two times a month between June and November.

Deputies found sexually explicit conversations between them on her computer.

Police searched Nixon's home in Gainesville Saturday, the report says.

During questioning, he told authorities that he thought the girl he had visited was 16.

He also told authorities that he knew his probation prohibited him from having contact with underage girls, the report says.

In both cases, Nixon told the girls he was younger than his actual age, the reports say.

Nixon remained at Polk County Jail Thursday without bail.

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