The investigation continues after two people are arrested and charged in connection with the human trafficking of a 14-year-old girl.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office identified the suspects as 60-year-old Wanda Ann Ringgo of Largo and 25-year-old Mohand Sakeb Rashid of St. Petersburg.
Detectives say Ringgo arranged for the girl to have sex with Rashid in exchange for money -- a girl who has been in and out of the foster care system since she was 5 years old.
The sexual assault occured in Ringgo's home, in a back bedroom, investigators say.
"You have a parental figure that needs some money who is willing to prostitute out a 14-year-old girl," said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri."This is a sad situation, a grotesque situation."
Authorities say Rashid admitted to the allegations; he is charged with one count of lewd & lascivious battery. He has been released from jail on $10,000 dollars bond.
The Pinellas Sheriff called the details of the case "very troubling."
"He told detectives that what he paid Ringgo was an $8 can of snuff tobacco to have sex with this 14 year old girl," Sheriff Gualtieri said. "We know there is more to it than that."
Authorities say the crime happened on October 25th, when Ringgo told the girl an "adult male was coming over, she was going to have sex with this adult male, the adult male was going to pay her for the sex acts, and the 14-year-old female was to give Ringgo the money for the sex acts."
While the sheriff says the girl "did not collect money from Rashid," she "knows there was an exchange of some sort" between the adults.
Ringgo is charged with one count of human trafficking involving a minor under 15 years of age. She remains in jail without bond.
This is the second time in two days the sheriff's office has announced the arrest of an adult male for sexual activity with a minor.
Thursday, deputies arrested 33-year-old Leonardo Lopez-Navarro, the operator of a "bounce house" and water slide near Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach.
"We're seeing more of this. I don't know whether it's because it is occurring more or because we are detecting more of it. But our community has a problem, and we're going to do everything we can to eradicate that problem," Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.
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