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A professional golfer was arrested Thursday in Florida after allegedly attempting to date what he believed to be a girl.
Daniel Bowling, described by police as a “dangerous online predator,” believed he was dating a 15-year-old girl he had been talking to since April, but was a police officer posing as a lure, the Department of Justice said. police. From Orlando in a report. press release report.
Orlando Police say they arrested Pro PGA golfer Daniel Bowling after he tried to meet up with a 15 year old girl he met online for sex.
The girl was a decoy. pic.twitter.com/bygiaD8Oot
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The 26-year-old faces multiple charges, including obscene communications, the trip of a minor and an attempt at obscene and lascivious harassment, police said.
Bowling first came into contact with the lure on AdChat in early April, and researchers said their conversations “turned s*xual within the first 24 hours and quickly escalated.”
The golfer was arrested Thursday “without incident” by investigators and officers from the Special Enforcement Division “when he arrived to find the bait”.
“Unfortunately, hundreds of predators like Mr. Bowling could be online,” said Jennifer Wing of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. “I hope the news of today’s arrest will encourage parents to more actively monitor the lives of their children online.”
Bowling is one of the top 100 golfers on the PGA Tour.
Bowling did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment and it was not clear whether the player had engaged legal representation to comment on their behalf.