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Deputies: Shuhel Mahboob Ali arrested, accused of wanting to start sex slave operation

11:55 AM, Apr 15, 2013   |    comments
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Melbourne, FL (Florida Today) -- Brevard Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man they said came to the United States intending to start a sex slavery operation.

Shuhel Mahboob Ali, 39, is a citizen of Great Britain who came here to have sex with a minor girl and have children he planned to exploit, sheriff's officials said.

"It is truly unimaginable that monsters exist and walk among us with the purpose of victimizing our most precious citizens," Sheriff Wayne Ivey said. "I want this message to be absolutely crystal clear: We will use every lawful resource we have in our possession to find and remove you from society if you try to harm a child, no matter where you may be on this planet."

The investigation began in January when Ali contacted an undercover sheriff's agent and said he wanted to "have a relationship with an underage female," officials said. Most of the alleged interaction occurred via the Internet.

"As part of the relationship, the suspect allegedly wanted to impregnate the victim, whereupon he would be able to groom the children to be abused by the suspect from the time of birth," officials said.

Ali came to Brevard County on Saturday and was arrested in the Titusville area. He was scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court in Orlando this morning.

He faces a charge of using a facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce to attempt to persuade a minor to engage in sexual activity. Sheriff's officials said if Ali is convicted he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and fine up to $250,000.

Deputies worked with the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Attorney's Office on the case.

"I am so proud of the tireless efforts by this partnership and our investigative team that removed this vile suspect from harming children," Ivey said.

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