Navy Lieutenant traveled to Florida Starbucks for sex with deaf child, deputies say

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Michael McNeil was arrested Thursday and charged with trying to solicit sex from a minor after he was caught in an undercover sting operation in Clay County, Florida.
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U.S. Navy Lieutenant Michael McNeil was arrested Thursday and charged with trying to solicit sex from a minor after he was caught in an undercover sting operation in Clay County, Florida.

Credit: Clay County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Clay County Sheriff's Office

A U.S. Navy Lieutenant was arrested Thursday for allegedly traveling to meet a minor for sex at a Starbucks in Clay County, Florida, authorities said.

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Suspect Michael McNeil, 30, solicited sex through online communications with an undercover detective -- whom he thought was the guardian of a 12-year-old deaf girl, investigators said.

"During four days of conversation, Mr. McNeil made his intentions with the young girl very clear," the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said in a social media post.

Deputies said McNeil traveled to Orange Park from Jacksonville where he was arrested.

The U.S. Navy said it is investigating the incident and working with law enforcement.

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McNeil is stationed at Naval Station Mayport. According to his LinkedIn account, he is a Surface Warfare Officer.

A spokesperson for the naval station said disciplinary action has not been taken yet.

Neighbors said McNeil, who posted a $75,000 bond Friday afternoon, is married with a young child.