Accused child predator extradited to San Diego

Accused child predator extradited to San Diego

SAN DIEGO – The Tampa man accused of kidnapping an Escondido teenager will be extradited to San Diego County, officials confirmed Wednesday.

According to the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office, Tony McLeod, 36, signed extradition papers a few days after his court hearing in Tampa where he faced several charges including absentia with state charges of child abduction, meeting with a minor to commit a sex offense, enticement of a minor, contact with a minor to commit a felony and enticing a minor to produce child pornography.

McLeod was in the custody of federal authorities and was taken from Florida, Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office said.

Investigators said McLeod sent the 14-year-old Escondido boy text messages with photographs and videos of himself. The family became aware of the alleged online relationship and notified the Escondido Police Department in late May.

In early June, the boy’s family reported that he failed to return…

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