Miami-Dade Public Schools employee accused of human trafficking

Police: Samuel Woodside planned on meeting girl, 14, for sex, prostitution

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MIAMI - A Miami-Dade Public Schools employee was arrested after state law enforcement said planned on meeting a 14-year-old girl for sex.

Samuel Woodside, 45, of Miami, was communicating with who he thought was a 14-year-old girl living in Louisiana, over the internet and on the phone, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said.

Woodside allegedly sent sexually explicit pictures to the girl, along with an invitation to come to Miami and participate in sex acts with him and others, FDLE said. He told the girl several times she would be used to make money for him by performing sex acts with others.

He then purchased a bus ticket for the teen to from Baton Rouge, La. to Miami. Woodside was arrested when he arrived at the bus station in Miami.

He is charged with human trafficking, travelling to meet a minor for unlawful sex, luring and enticing a minor to commit an unlawful act, interference with custody and sending harmful materials to a minor. The attempted human trafficking charge is a 1st degree felony that is punishable by life imprisonment if convicted.

Louisiana has additional warrants charging Woodside with indecent behavior with a juvenile, human trafficking and computer aided solicitation of a minor.

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