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Calif. police file charges against Tampa man

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Authorities in California have file charges against a Tampa man accused of abducting a 14-year-old boy he met through a Playstation game.

Tony McLeod, 36, was arrested at Tampa International Airport early Tuesday morning as he was getting off an airplane with the teenager.

Detectives said he flew to California, then flew back to Tampa with the boy.

McLeod is now charged with child abduction, meeting with minor to commit sex offense, online enticement of minor, contacting a minor to commit a felony, and enticing a minor to produce child pornography.

The Tampa Police Department had already filed similar charges against McLeod here. It wasn't immediately clear whether McLeod would be extradited to California.

"We will now move forward with this case and prepare for a prosecution strategy that best serves the communities of Escondido and Tampa," the Escondido Police Department said in a media release.

The boy was flown back to California and reunited with his family.

His parents appeared at a press conference and spoke to reporters Thursday afternoon, but their identities were shielded.

"I want [McLeod] to know he really messed with the wrong family," his mother said.

According the Escondido Police Department, McLeod and the boy met through an online Playstation gaming network in May. Police say McLeod then began sending the 8th grade student sexually explicit text messages and pictures to his cell phone.

The teen's mother said she found out her son had been chatting with McLeod, and she says she did everything she could to cut off contact. She took her son's phone, cut him off from the internet, and contacted police.

But when a family member went to pick the teen up from school Monday, he wasn't there.

"The second I got the phone call that he was gone, I knew. I knew he was gone, and I knew who had him," the teen's mom said.

According to the Escondido Police Department, detectives contacted various airlines to get passenger lists to see if McLeod was on any of them.

They found a Delta flight with his name, and saw that the teen's name was listed as "Justin McLeod."

They contacted Tampa police, who arrested McLeod as soon as the plane landed.

McLeod is being held in the Hillsborough County Jail without bond.

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