A Florida sports radio personality is finding himself in the headlines after he was accused of trying to solicit a 14-year-old boy.
Justin Pawlowski, 37, who is known to listeners as “The Commish,” has been charged with unlawful use of a two-way communication device, use of computer services to solicit a minor, and transmission of harmful material to a minor, local station WTSP reports.
Police said Pawlowski sent a picture of his genitals to “what he believed to be a 14-year-old boy.” It’s alleged he also wanted to meet the teen and suggested he was “interested in engaging in sexual acts,” police said in a statement obtained by Oxygen.com.
While Pawlowski allegedly believed he was talking to a teen boy, the subject was actually an undercover Tampa police officer, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The pair began communicating on Feb. 15 in a chatroom titled “Tampa Teens 14-18,” according to an arrest report obtained by a local paper.
Investigators said he sent the explicit image of himself a few weeks later on March 1 and repeatedly asked to meet up with the child, asking him on one occasion to leave his home and walk down the street to meet.
Police said Pawlowski later admitted to messaging who he believed was a 14-year-old boy and they were able to both find the explicit image on his phone and the "boy's" contact information.
Pawlowski worked at local radio station WDAE-AM 620 and later on the Bulls Radio Network and Buccaneers Radio Network.
More recently, he produced his own podcast known as "Bucs Uncensored" since 2016. The show aired on JoeBucsFan.com; however, he was never an employee at the site.
The website addressed the allegations against Pawlowski in a post on its site, saying it was “completely stunned” by the charges and did not “condone anything related to these charges in any way.”
Site leaders said they plan to let the legal system take its course before rushing to judgement about the allegations.
Pawlowski was released from the Pinellas County jail on Wednesday after posting a $6,000 bail.
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