Pinellas County Man Gets 3 Years for Using a Computer to Seduce a Minor
TALLAHASSEE - Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that a Pinellas County man has been sentenced to three years in prison for traveling to meet someone he thought was a 14-year old girl, intending to have sex with her. Clifford Burdick pleaded no contest to the charges in a case prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.
Burdick, 35, was arrested in July 2007 after he engaged in sexually explicit conversations online with an undercover detective, believing he was talking to a Davenport-area teen. He was taken into custody when he arrived at a pre-determined location in Polk County, believing he would be meeting the 14-year old for a sexual encounter. The arrest was carried out by law enforcement with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Following his prison sentence, Burdick must serve two years of sex offender probation including treatment and electronic monitoring. He will also be required to register with the state as a sex offender. The case was presided over by Judge Michael Raiden of the 10th Judicial Circuit Court.
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