Man, 23, gets 10 years in sex sting

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

A Gainesville man accused of Internet sex crimes in June 2013 received a 10-year prison sentence Monday in federal court.

Cameron Scott Poole, 23, was one of seven men arrested during Operation Pegasus, an undercover sex sting operation that targeted offenders who attempted to solicit sex from minors online and traveled to meet them.

The men believed they had chatted with children between 11 and 14 years old. The minors, however, were undercover detectives from the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Gainesville Police Department and other local police agencies.

Detectives, posing as minors and their guardians, posted advertisements on e-commerce and social networking websites and communicated with suspects.

The conversations eventually led to offline meeting arrangements.

One detective, who posed as an 11-year-old girl's relative, posted an advertisement June 28, 2013.

"(G)ot my niece for summer break and she's real curious," the post said, according to federal court records. "(I) can't help her with all that."

Poole responded the next day, authorities said. He discussed having sex with the 11-year-old girl in emails and phone conversations with the detective. He also sent a picture of himself, authorities said.

Poole and the detective agreed to meet in Gainesville.

On June 30, 2013, Poole left his house off Northwest 42nd Terrace and drove to the meeting location in Gainesville, which police did not disclose. There, officers arrested him.

Poole told police he intended to have sex with a 21-year-old woman, court records stated.

The officers showed him copies of the email exchanges that mentioned the girl was 11. Poole said he mistook the girl's age to be 21.

They then played Poole recorded phone conversations between him and the detective. He refused to answer additional questions.

Poole was already on probation for another sex crime arrest. In 2009, he was convicted of attempted cruelty toward a child after police said he offered a 5-year-old child money to touch his genitals.

Poole pleaded guilty to a charge of coercion and enticement of a minor in November 2013.

U.S. District Judge Mark E. Walker sentenced Poole to 10 years in prison Monday with lifetime probation and required registration with Florida's Sex Offender Registry.

Poole joined four other men who have been convicted since the sting.

Two Gainesville residents were sentenced to varied lengths of prison time. Zachary Germain Jordal, 23, got one year and one week in prison, while Robert Guy Burnham, 56, received 3.6 years in prison.

Kevin Andrew Petutsky, 27, of Citra, received five years in state prison.

David Michael Arvelo, 29, of Melbourne, received 10 years in federal prison.

The remaining two men are scheduled for court hearings at the Alachua County Courthouse later this spring.

Patrick Herbert Stenstrom, 49, of Gainesville, is scheduled to appear before Judge William E. Davis for a case management hearing April 21.

Adolfo Leonel Pena, 29, of Jacksonville, is headed for trial in May.

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