GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla.—A 35-year-old Green Cove Springs man was arrested Monday after exchanging sexual text messages with a 12-year-old, police say.
Green Cove Springs Police Department officers began investigating Carlo Mario Pereyra and issued an arrest warrant for transmission of material harmful to minors.
He fled police, but the law enforcement agency received an anonymous tip that he was staying at a hotel in St. Augustine.
Officers with the St. Augustine Police Department took Pereyra into custody Monday and transported him to the Clay County Jail on Tuesday.
He is reportedly the suspect in lewd battery investigations on victims under the age of 15.
Pereyra is charged with lewd or lascivious battery on a victim over 12 but under 16 and transmission of material harmful to minors. He is being held without bond.
His first court appearance is Sept. 7.