Deputies: Man lured 13-year-old boy for sex

Deputies: Man lured 13-year-old boy for sex

St. Petersburg, Florida — There's a renewed call for internet safety in the Bay Area after deputies said a man lured a child to his car for sex.

It happened while the 13-year-old boy was on vacation in Treasure Island.

People living closest to the suspect said they never expected this from the young man.

Neighbor Midge Paxton said she isn't taking any chances with her 11-year-old daughter.

"Her computer is checked once a week," she said. "She's always with us, and like I said we keep her busy," she added as the family packed up their van for a day at Busch Gardens.

She said she's keeping an especially close eye after she learned 22-year-old Kyle Ostromecky was arrested after sheriff's officers said he lured a 13-year-old boy to have sex with him just a few miles away in Treasure Island.

The boy was on vacation with his parents from Manatee County. Manatee County Sheriff's officers said they caught Ostromecky after he drove from St. Petersburg to Manatee County to have sex with the boy again, according to the report.

Deputies say he got his victim to come out to the car the first time using an internet enabled cell phone where they say he talked to the boy on a dating site and texted him to come out.

It's exactly why Paxton, who lives just a few houses down from Ostromecky, hasn't let her daughter have a cell phone yet.

"It's so quiet, then to hear something like that, I mean it could be your next door neighbor," she said.

"The problem is," Paxton's husband Ed added, "You figure out one way to supervise your kid, and then there's three other dangers you haven't figured out yet."

It's a common feeling among some parents who say watching their kids with new technology can be tough.

"It's hard because you can check it at the end of the day but you don't know what's been deleted," Ed said.

But a parent's check is how Manatee Sheriff's officers say they found out about Ostomecky. It's also something Midge promises she'll do.

"Check her phone once in a while, keep a sharp eye, when she walks out the door 'where you goin?' I'll follow her if I have to," she said.

Here are tips on phone safety for parents and kids:

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