Pinellas County Sheriff investigators say 63-year-old Willie Atley convinced a teenage girl to take off her clothes and pose nude for him multiple times.
Atley also agreed to pay her $20 for the photographs.
He told detectives he knew the girl needed the money so he was trying to help her out.
Detectives say he also performed sex acts with the teenager, in his car and at his Largo home.
Atley's cousin Leo Perry defended him, saying he's is a generous man, always helping out others.
"It's a misunderstanding, that's what it is because Willie helps everybody. Everybody knows him in the community and he's not a bad person. He's a really good person," Perry said.
Atley now faces several charges that includes unlawful sex and child pornography.
He remains in the Pinellas County jail on $70,000 bond.
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