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A professional golfer was arrested Thursday in Florida after allegedly attempting to date what he believed to be a girl.
Daniel Bowling, described by police as a “dangerous online predator,” believed he was dating a 15-year-old girl he had been talking to since April, but was a police officer posing as a decoy, he said. the Department of Justice. policeman. From Orlando in a report. press release report.
Orlando police say they arrested PGA professional golfer Daniel Bowling after he attempted to meet up with a 15-year-old girl he met online for s*x.
The girl was a decoy.
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The 26-year-old faces multiple charges, including obscene communications, travel by a minor and attempted lewd and lewd harassment, police said.
Bowlers first came into contact with the lure on AdChat in early April, and the researchers said their conversations “turned sexual in the first 24 hours and escalated rapidly.”
The golfer was detained Thursday “without incident” by investigators and agents from the Special Enforcement Division “when he came to look for the hook.”
“Unfortunately, hundreds of predators like Mr. Bowling could be online,” said Jennifer Wing of the Task Force on Internet Crimes Against Children. “I hope that the news of today’s arrest will encourage parents to more actively monitor their children’s lives online.”
Bowling is one of the Top 100 Golfers on the PGA Tour.
Bowling did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment and it was unclear if the player had engaged legal representation to comment on his behalf.