Lakeland man arrested for molesting 14-year-old girl

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NORTH PORT, Fla. – A Lakeland man has been arrested after being caught traveling to meet a 14-year-old girl in North Port on multiple occasions.

John Stanford, 25, initially met the teenage girl online. He would then send her money and traveled multiple times to meet with her.

North Port Police arrested Stanford yesterday with assistance from the Lakeland Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

“If you prey on the children of North Port, we will do whatever it takes, within the law, to hold you accountable,” NPD announced in a Facebook post.

Stanford faces multiple charges including battery, child molestation, using a computer to lure a child, traveling to meet a child and depriving custody of a child.

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