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Exclusive Video: Red Sox Pitcher Austin Maddox Thought He Was Meeting a Minor, But Florida Police Gave Him a Welcome Party to Remember

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed several bills into law back in Aprilthat intend to crack down on the ability of sexual predators to “groom” children, or lure potential victims, over the internet. The bills also increase the ability of law enforcement agencies to combat and penalize these predators and child molesters.

“In Florida, we stand for the wellbeing and innocence of our children,” DeSantis said at the Urban StillHouse in St. Petersburg, just after 10:45 a.m. He said the five pieces of legislation that he signed shortly after his remarks — HB 1131, HB 1235, HB 1545, HB 305 and SB 1224 — were designed “to ensure those who do children harm are held accountable.”

“We have to step in, and we have to protect them,” the governor added.

The bills are intended to prohibit adults from engaging in patterns of communication with a minor, increase penalties for child exportation, make punishments more severe for predators and tighten the restrictions for those in the sexual predator registry.

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Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Austin Maddox was arrested in Florida as part of an underage sex sting, authorities announced Monday.

Maddox was one of 27 people arrested as part of a multi-agency operation late last month, Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters said. They are accused of soliciting sex over the internet from people who they believed were children, officials said.

James Hill, a defense attorney for Maddox, said he intends to fight the allegations against him and will enter a plea of not guilty should formal charges be filed.

Maddox, 33, began communicating with an undercover agent pretending to be an underage girl on April 28, an arrest report said. He expressed his intent to have sex with the girl even after she told him that she was 14, officials said.

Maddox agreed to meet the girl at a pre-arranged location, where he was arrested by law enforcement officers, authorities said.

We have an exclusive video from the situation and I can say that Maddox got what he deserved!

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He is charged with four felony counts, including traveling to meet after using a computer to solicit a child. He is being held in jail on a $300,000 bond.

Maddox played college ball for the University of Florida and was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2012. He made his major league debut with the team in 2017 after several years in the minors. He spent about three months on the Red Sox roster before heading back to the minors to recover from shoulder injuries. He was released from the team in 2019.

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