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He entered a chat room saying he was raising nudist kids. He has no kids, cops say.

Andrew Paul Sylvia
Andrew Paul Sylvia St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office

The St. Lucie Sheriff's Office announced Friday that through dogged detective work Andrew Paul Sylvia had been arrested on four felony counts of obscene communication and use of a computer to solicit parent or guardian consent.

"Through the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, information led detectives to Sylvia and various online chat forums where he actively solicited and enticed others for sexual acts involving underage children," read the police report on Facebook.

According to a police report, on June 29 a cybertip came in to the task force that a social media user had been in chat rooms discussing pedophilia. The chats occurred in rooms called "True Nudists." On various occasions, he allegedly posed as a father who was raising nudist children, and that in one instance, he said "touching was good," police said. The IP address was registered to the suspect, who lives in Fort Pierce and has no children, as per the report.

A search warrant of his home was issued and his computers seized. Sylvia, 38, was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail where he is being held on a $15,000 bond. "Additional charges could be forthcoming following a forensic review of his computer systems," read the report.

Deputies ask if you have had any interactions with Sylvia that seem "odd or suspicious," to contact detectives at 772-462-3230.

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