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A middle school history teacher from New York City was busted over the weekend for traveling to Florida to have sex with an underage teen he’d spent months chatting with online, authorities allege.
Zeshaan Naqvi, 31, allegedly picked the teen up at her Tampa home around 1:30 a.m. Saturday and brought her to his hotel room, according to a statement from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
The statement does not make clear the victim’s gender, but local CBS affiliate WTSP identified the teen as a girl.
A few hours later, Naqvi returned the youth to her home — only to allegedly again pick her up around 1 p.m., authorities said.
They returned to Naqvi’s hotel, where they allegedly engaged in sexual acts, officials said.
“It never ceases to amaze us the lengths predators will go to, to get what they want,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “In this case, a middle school history teacher booked a ticket, boarded a plane, and traveled across the country to meet with a minor who he had been chatting with for about three months.”
Naqvi was ultimately arrested at the hotel, and allegedly admitted to deputies that he knew the victim was underage, authorities said.
The release does not detail exactly when Naqvi was arrested, or how authorities learned of his alleged attack.
But Chronister said that the incident should be a reminder to parents to be vigilant about who their children meet online.
“This behavior is deeply disturbing and serves as a grim warning to parents to monitor their child’s online activity,” he said.
The statement does not detail the charges against Naqvi, but, according to WTSP, he faces seven counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and traveling to meet a minor after using computer services to solicit certain illegal acts.
It was not immediately clear if Naqvi remained in custody Sunday or had retained a lawyer to speak on his behalf.
The New York City Department of Education did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and clarification on where Naqvi was most recently assigned.
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