Marine arrested in Sarasota sex sting - FOX 13 News

Marine arrested in Sarasota sex sting

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Investigators say they caught 30 men who thought they were about to have sex with a child they had met online.

Instead, they met undercover detectives with handcuffs.

Among the men arrested was Sgt. Christopher Rassi, a computer system technician for the Marine Corps Forces Central Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base.

Rassi's arrest report is pretty eye opening. It says the Marine believed he was communicating with the parent of a 14 year old girl.

Court documents say he negotiated sex acts he wanted to perform, but nothing, he reassured the parent, to cause pain.

Of course, there was no parent, no child waiting to have sex.

It was an undercover deputy.

And Sgt. Rassi was one of many who fell for it, explains Sarasota Sheriff Tom Knight.

"The conversations would start on the internet in chat rooms or any type of forum, message boards, then from there would go into more detail, graphic details, cell phone conversations and photographs," Sheriff Knight said.

At a press conference last week, Sheriff Knight talked about the disturbing items some of these men brought with them.

"We took handcuffs off these individuals, crack cocaine and one of the most frightening things was a sex kit, more for torture than for toys," Knight said.

The arrest report doesn't say what Sgt. Rassi showed up with other than his intent. According to MacDill officials, Sgt. Rassi has been a Marine since August of 2006.

The base was notified of his arrest on February 15th, and for now, he continues his regular duties at MacDill.

FOX 13 reached out to Sgt. Rassi to talk to him about the charges he's facing, but he had no comment.



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