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Accused 'PlayStation predator', Tony McLeod, worked at hospital

11:50 PM, Jun 12, 2013   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida - There are new details in the developing story about an accused Playstation predator. Police say his 14-year-old victim from California was flying home Wednesday night to be reunited with his family.

Major Brian Dugan of the Tampa Police Department described 36-year-old Tony McLeod's demeanor as they questioned him. 

"The suspect - he is trying to justify the situation that he's in."

Wednesday, McLeod spent his first full day at Orient Road jail. He was only allowed out for court where a judge denied his bond.

Meanwhile 10 News learned McLeod was hired as a telephone switchboard operator at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg.  

McLeod's condo in Ybor City at 1910 E. Palm Avenue was being searched for evidence on Tuesday. It's located right across the street from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, and some neighbors even said McLeod dreamed of being in law enforcement. 

A man who didn't want to reveal his face or his name said, "He'd mentioned that he was trying to get on the police force and he'd gone to an academy."

But detectives said there's no proof of that.

Stu Sjouwerman called this incident proof that the world wide web can be a dangerous place. 

"The safest way to have your kids not exposed to predators on the internet is to have this game console PlayStation, or Xbox, simply not connected to the internet."

Sjouwerman is the founder and CEO of KnowBe4, which offers an online course to educate parents who may not even be aware of the latest technology that allows kids to play the games with complete strangers.

He gave additional advice for parents who have children playing on the game consoles.

"Invite friends over and give them their console, and they can plan in the house and they can play against one another."

Back at the hospital where McLeod works, a spokesperson said he didn't have contact with patients and the last time he showed up for work was last week.

Detectives are trying to put together a timeline and they say they're looking into McLeod's past too, in case there are other victims out there.

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