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Florida sex sting snags local man
Originally published July 26, 2006
Kate LeckieNews-Post Staff
FREDERICK -- A 33-year-oldFrederickman caughtin a Florida Internet sex sting is in theFrederickCounty Adult Detention Center awaitingextradition.David Myer Dantzic II, a manager at the ComusInn, was arrested Monday afternoon during asearch of his residence by theFrederickPoliceDepartment, Lt. Tom Chase, commander of theagency's criminal investigations division, saidTuesday.Mr. Dantzic's arrest on a warrant charging him as afugitive from Florida stems from an onlineconversation soliciting lewd behavior from a14-year-old girl, Assistant State's AttorneyAnthony M. Cecala said during a bail hearingTuesday inFrederickCounty District Court.But the girl was no girl; she turned out to be adetective in southeastern Florida involved in anundercover operation to apprehend Internetpredators, Mr. Cecala said.A phone call after the online communicationconfirmed the lewd solicitation, he said.Deputy State's Attorney Charlie Smith said Mr.Dantzic arranged to mail the teenage girl awebcam to film herself performing sexual acts.Mr. Smith plans to file additional charges againstMr. Dantzic for solicitation over the Internet forpurposes of child pornography, a felony punishableby as much as 10 years in prison and a $25,000fine.The apprehension of Mr. Dantzic resulted from aninvestigation initiated by the St. Lucie County, Fla.,Sheriff's Office.After identifying Mr. Dantzic as aFrederickresident, authorities in Florida last week contactedFrederickpolice about assisting with the case.Cpl. Mathew Burns, a member of FrederickCounty's Internet Crimes Against Children TaskForce, led the search of Mr. Dantzic's house in the 600 block of Grant Place and arrested him onthe fugitive warrant, Lt. Chase said.Lt. Chase said items were seized from Mr. Dantzic's house, but he declined to say what wasremoved.At Tuesday's bail hearing, Mr. Dantzic told Judge Janice Rodnick Ambrose he would not waiveextradition to Florida. Mr. Dantzic said he has hired defense attorney Christopher M. Rolle torepresent him.Mr. Cecala said that although Mr. Dantzic's criminal record is "relatively minor," a November1994 conviction is disturbing -- furnishing alcohol to a minor in Frederick.Mr. Dantzic pleaded guilty and was fined $285, according to court records.Judge Ambrose ordered Mr. Dantzic be held without bail until Florida authorities arrive to takehim into custody.Mark Weinberg, public information officer for St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, said the next stepis for the attorney general's offices in Florida and Maryland to complete documents allowing Mr.Dantzic to be extradited."That usually takes a bit longer than a few days," Mr. Weinberg said. Citing the ongoinginvestigation, he declined to release further details.Mr. Smith said the allegations involved in this case are indicative of just what today's parentsare up against in trying to keep their children safe.
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