Miami man arrested for travelling to meet a child for sex
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Miami Regional Operations Center, a member of the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, in cooperation with the East Baton Rouge Parish (Louisiana) Sheriff’s Office and the Miami Dade School Board Police, announces the arrest of Samuel Woodside, 45, of Miami, Fla.
Woodside was charged with one count each of: human trafficking; traveling to meet a minor for unlawful sex; luring and enticing a minor to commit an unlawful act; interference with custody; and sending harmful materials to a minor. The attempted human trafficking charge is a 1st degree felony that is punishable by life imprisonment if convicted.
“Protecting the children of south Florida is our highest priority. FDLE’s Cyber Squad will continue to work diligently to take predators like this off the streets”, said Addy Villanueva who is FDLE Miami’s Special Agent in Charge.
During July and August, Woodside has been communicating via internet and cell phone with what he believed to be a 14 year old girl residing in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. Woodside sent sexually explicit photos to the girl, along with an invitation to come to Miami to participate in sex acts with himself and others. He discussed with the girl on multiple occasions that she would be used to make money for him by performing sex acts with others.
The complaint alleges that Woodside purchased a bus ticket for the child to travel from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Miami, Florida. Woodside was arrested when he arrived at the bus station in Miami to pick up the child upon her arrival.
The case will be prosecuted by the Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office. Woodside was booked into the Dade County Jail.
Louisiana has additional warrants charging Woodside with indecent behavior with a juvenile, human trafficking and computer aided solicitation of a minor.
For Further Information Contact: Gretl Plessinger, Keith Kameg or Steve Arthur FDLE Office of Public Information (850) 410-7001