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Centcom Arrest: US Central Command official Stephen Governale arrested in Orlando

9:26 AM, Sep 26, 2012   |    comments
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TAMPA, Florida (AP) - An Air Force Reserve lieutenant colonel who works with U.S. Central Command in Tampa as a civilian has been arrested in Orlando.

The Tampa Tribune reports that Stephen Governale was arrested Friday and charged with using the Internet to try and persuade a 17-year-old to have sex. In a federal complaint, the teen told investigators he traveled with Governale on two occasions and engaged in sexual acts with him.

The 49-year-old Governale was arrested by the FBI after he arrived at a fast-food restaurant where he planned to meet the teen after several sexually explicit Facebook chats.

Governale, who has been appointed a federal public defender, is in custody at the Seminole County Jail with no bail. It is unclear whether he has retained an attorney.

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