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Former Florida legislative staffer sentenced to 10 years in prison

Former Florida legislative staffer convicted of attempted enticement of a minor
Posted at 3:50 PM, Jan 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-08 11:03:52-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A former State of Florida legislative staffer will spend 10 years behind bars after being convicted for attempted enticement of a minor.

Michael Chmielewski, 38, of Tallahassee will spend 10 years in prison after being convicted in September 2017.

In February 2017, undercover investigators conducted “Operation Cupid’s Arrow” to identify people seeking to engage in sexual activity with minors.

They say Michael Chmielewski responded to a Craigslist advertisement in which an undercover officer posed as a 14-year-old girl named "Sara.”

Over two days, he continued his conversation with “Sara” on messaging application Kik, discussed sexual activities with “Sara,” and traveled to meet “Sara” in person to have sex.

Chmielewski was arrested after arriving at a store to meet “Sara.”

“Together with our law enforcement partners, my office will prosecute to the fullest extent any child predators who lurk in the shadows of the internet seeking to destroy the lives of innocent young children,” said U.S. Attorney Christopher Canova.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A former State of Florida legislative staffer has been convicted of attempted enticement of a minor.

The verdict was handed down Friday afternoon.

In February 2017, undercover investigators conducted “Operation Cupid’s Arrow” to identify people seeking to engage in sexual activity with minors.

They say Michael Chmielewski responded to a Craigslist advertisement in which an undercover officer posed as a 14-year-old girl named "Sara.”

Over two days, he continued his conversation with “Sara” on messaging application Kik, discussed sexual activity with “Sara,” and traveled to meet “Sara” in person to have sex.

Chmielewski was arrested after arriving at a store to meet “Sara.”

He faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 5, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. at the United States Courthouse in Tallahassee.