Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Mosquito Control fires suspect in child-sex case

A 30-year-old Florida Keys Mosquito Control District employee accused of traveling to Mexico to have sex with children was fired Monday.

Charles A. Soderman Jr. of 371 46th St. Gulf in Marathon was fired Monday, said Mosquito Control Director Ed Fussell. Soderman was an information technology assistant with the agency.

"The decision was made here on the legal advice of our attorney," Fussell said. "It's something we are very disturbed about, and just did what we needed to do to protect the district."

Soderman had worked for the agency for three years before his firing, Fussell said.

The suspect is being held in a privately operated federal jail in Arizona on a charge of traveling with intent to engage in sex with a juvenile, according to federal court papers. Federal agents arrested Soderman March 10 at the Mexican-U.S. border.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent posing as a client in the Mexican child sex industry allegedly began conversing with Soderman via the Internet last year, reports say. Last week, federal agents seized Soderman's computer at the agency's Marathon office, Fussell said.

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