Lieutenant Colonel Arrested in Orlando

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ An Air Force Reserve lieutenant colonel who works with U.S. Central Command in Tampa as a civilian has been arrested in Orlando.

The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/SkPAYG) reports that Stephen Governale was arrested Friday and charged with using the Internet to try and persuade a 17-year-old to have sex.

In a federal complaint, the teen told investigators he traveled with Governale on two occasions and engaged in sexual acts with him.

The 49-year-old Governale was arrested by the FBI after he arrived at a fast-food restaurant where he planned to meet the teen after several sexually explicit Facebook chats.

Governale, who has been appointed a federal public defender, is in custody at the Seminole County Jail with no bail. It is unclear whether he has retained an attorney.

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