Bradenton, Florida -- An undercover, online operation led to the arrest of a man Manatee man.
The Manatee Sheriff's Office conducted an undercover operation via a social network chat site. A detective posed as a 14-year-old girl who began chatting with Marcelino Esquivel.
As the online conversation continued, Esquivel steered the conversation towards sex and eventually asked the 14-year-old if she wanted to engage in sexual acts.
Arrangements were made to meet at the Sweetbay parking lot on Manatee Avenue West where Marcelino was subsequently arrested for traveling to meet a minor and engage in sexual acts.