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State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott
Governor

David E. Wilkins
Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT:
Terri Durdaller
SunCoast Region Communications Director
(813) 917-7570

MAN POSING AS CHILD PROTECTION SPECIALIST IN MANATEE

MANATEE COUNTY – The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is actively searching for a man who posed as a Child Protection Specialist at a residence in Bradenton.

A press release from Dave Bristow, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said the Bradenton Police Department is investigating an incident where an individual posed as a Child Protection Specialist. The incident occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m. Monday at a residence in the 2600 block of 7th Ave. West in Bradenton.

According to the victim, the suspect knocked at the door and identified himself as a CPS employee. The suspect said he was there to check on the welfare of the victim´s child. The victim asked for identification and the suspect became nervous and fled the area in his vehicle.

The suspect is described as a white male, 5´6"- 5´8", 115-130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a tan polo shirt, tan pants and a tan baseball cap. The suspect was driving an older model brown 4-door Cadillac with dark tinted windows and no tag.

In Manatee County, Child Protection is under the jurisdiction of the Manatee County Sheriff´s Office and real CPS employees always have identification readily available. Citizens are encouraged to asked for identification.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Bradenton Police Department at 941-932-9357, or the Manatee County Sheriff´s Office at 941-747-3011 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477). Callers to the CrimeStoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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