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He first made contact with the students through their Instagram accounts.
Quinton J Bradford
10909 27th Street N
Charges: Obscene Communication Use Comp Seduce Solicit Lure Child (4 Counts)
A Buchanan Middle School teacher's aide was arrested yesterday after he admitted to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Detectives that he solicited explicit photographs from two underage girls that attend the same school. Over a period of several months, Quinton Bradford, 24, contacted the thirteen-year old girls through social media private messaging where he solicited and received sexually explicit photographs from the victims. In one instance, he requested a sexual encounter that never occurred.
HCSO Detectives became aware of Bradford yesterday when they were called to the school by the Administration concerning improper photos of him circulating among the student body that had been captured from his social media. It was during the course of that investigation where the inappropriate contact with the two victims was discovered. Bradford was arrested at the school, 1001 West Bearss Avenue, around 4 p.m. after an interview with Detectives where he admitted to requesting the images while knowing the victims were underage.
Bradford first made contact with the students through their Instagram accounts and gained their trust and favor by complimenting their looks. The online conversation escalated to the point that Bradford openly asked for nude photos and told one victim he wanted to meet her so he could touch her inappropriately and have sex with her. He asked the other victim for nude photos on three different occasions.
Currently detectives are not aware of any other victims, however, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office encourages anyone who may have been a victim or anyone who has additional information related to this incident to please call Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200.