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FBI arrests Fort Lauderdale lifeguard in child sex sting

Joshua Asseraf, 22,was arrested after federal investigators said he thought he was meeting a 9-year-old girl for sex at a Broward County hotel.
Joshua Asseraf, 22,was arrested after federal investigators said he thought he was meeting a 9-year-old girl for sex at a Broward County hotel.

A 22-year-old man was arrested Friday by federal investigators after they say he was trying to have sex with a 9-year-old girl.

Officials say Joshua Asseraf of Fort Lauderdale interacted with an undercover FBI agent for about five days during a sex sting.

The undercover agent told Asseraf, a former lifeguard, that he was the father of a girl named “Jenny” and that he was sexually abusing her since she was 2 and was willing to “share,” Local 10 reported.

Under the impression that he was communicating with the girl, Asseraf said: “He told me about your little secret and it is very hot. I love it.”

Asseraf followed by telling the FBI agent that the girl “wants to have fun. I’ll buy her some stuffed animals.”

Officials said Asseraf was arrested by U.S. marshals at a Sunrise hotel on Aug. 29. He had two stuffed animals, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Asseraf, who worked part time with the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center, was fired days after his arrest.

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