Garvin, 32, is charged with using a computer to solicit sex from a child. His bond was set at $35,000 during his first-appearance hearing on Wednesday afternoon. The press did not name an attorney for him.
According to news sources, Garvin is employed as an assistant wrestling coach and micro technician at J.P. Taravella High School on 10600 Riverside Dr. He was arrested at the school on Tuesday for allegedly posting a Craigslist ad last August seeking young guys to have sex with using the name “Dirty Dusty.”
An undercover agent pretending to be the father of a teenage boy responded to the ad and reportedly told “Dirty Dusty” that he had a son and he would take him out of school early for a sexual encounter. The agent indicated that his son was almost 14 years old, the arrest report said.
During their correspondence, “Dirty Dusty” purportedly sought assurances that he wasn’t being set up for a sting by a law enforcement agent. He asked for several additional details about the boy and what they could do together, the report said. The agent went so far as to provide a picture of a “13-year-old boy with a soccer ball,” the report said.
When the agent requested a meeting with “Dirty Dusty” in the morning, the user reportedly said he wouldn’t be able to make it because he worked at a school. He suggested meeting in the evening in a place that wasn’t near Coral Springs, the report said.
The two parties agreed to meet at a Starbucks later that week, but it is unclear if the meeting actually happened. “Dirty Dusty” requested to speak to the boy directly via email and another undercover agent posing as a 13-year-old responded to the emails, the report said.
Investigators eventually obtained a subpoena for the user’s IP address and that revealed Garvin was “Dirty Dusty,” leading to his arrest on Tuesday, police said. After he was taken into custody, Garvin reportedly confessed to coordinating an encounter with what he believed to be a parent of a 13-year-old boy for oral sex, the report said.
“I was very surprised at that particular allegation,” Frank Pettineo, the head wrestling coach of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, told the Sun Sentinel. “The wrestling community is really tight and coaches are generally aware a lot of times of different things. We never heard anything that would justify that kind of (allegation). I have always had typical disagreements with him concerning different things at matches, but nothing he ever did would give me cause to think of anything of that caliber.”
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