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Baez calls teen client in bully case a victim

Bartow, Florida -- The lawyer for the 12-year-old girl accused of stalking former classmate Rebecca Sedwick told reporters Friday he will not let his client be bullied by the justice system.

FDLE child sex sting nets 15 arrests

Tampa, Florida - The unidentified home in Hillsborough housed computer experts putting out the bait on social media sites. Their chats promised sex with a young teenage boy or girl.

But when men arrived at the house, waiting behind the door was not a child, but law enforcement officers.

"I knew it," said Bryan La Clair of Bartow, as officers put handcuffs on him.

5 arrested for soliciting lewd acts at Lakeland park

Lakeland, Florida -- On Oct. 11, Polk County Sheriff's undercover detectives conducted a Vice initiative at Saddle Creek Park in Lakeland, focusing on complaints about indecent activity at the park.

A total of five men were arrested for soliciting lewd acts.

PHOTOS: 5 arrested for soliciting lewd acts at Lakeland park

Their names and charges are listed below.

Former Christian school teacher arrested for sex with minor

Haines City, Florida - He was known as a friendly physical education instructor, someone who loves people and his country.

Charlie Lewis served two tours of duty in Iraq and came home to his wife and children in Haines City to be a teacher. It seemed to be a natural fit for the 31-year-old local war hero to start working at Landmark Christian Church and School. After all, his family attended services there.

However, no one was expecting what happened next.

Meth traffickers with cartel ties arrested in Fort Meade

Fort Meade, Florida -- An undercover bust resulted in the arrest of six people and the recovery of about 19 pounds of meth at a Fort Meade area home on Sept. 30.

PHOTOS: 6 meth traffickers arrested in Fort Meade bust

Fight leads to violent stabbing and arrest

Winter Haven, Florida -- A Winter Haven man has been arrested after a violent altercation resulted in a stabbing and one person hospitalized.

Officers say on Oct. 8, just after midnight, Michael Jerome Ellis was inside a home with the two victims. One of the victims was asleep in another room while Ellis was in the living room with the other victim.

Man approached boy on way to school for sex, police say

Lakeland, Florida -- The Lakeland Police Department is asking for the public's help finding a man who reportedly approached a boy walking to school.

The boy told police the man asked for sexual favors in exchange for drugs and offered to give the boy a ride to school.

The man is described as a black male with a dark complexion, 5'7" to 5'9", muscular to stocky build, with a short afro. He may have a single gold tooth on the top and was wearing glasses. He was last seen wearing a purple shirt with black cargo pants.