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HCSO arrests man after he solicited undercover detective posing as a young girl

For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 20-122

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HCSO arrests man after he solicited undercover detective posing as a young girl

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested a former school bus driver after he planned to meet with a young girl. 

An undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old girl spoke with Hector Cabrera, 32, via social media on Tuesday, May 12. Cabrera advised that he wanted to engage in sexual acts with the detective posing as a juvenile. 

This morning, Cabrera and the undercover detective again exchanged messages and agreed to meet at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon. Cabrera, who believed he was going to meet the 14-year-old girl, was arrested upon his arrival at the supposed meet-up location. After a search of his vehicle, detectives found that Cabrera had condoms in his possession.

Cabrera was previously employed as a Hillsborough County school bus driver from 2015 to 2018. He is currently employed at the Hillsborough County Clerk of Courts Office, and has been since 2018.

Cabrera was charged with Traveling To Meet Minor After Using Computer Services/Devices To Solicit Certain Illegal Acts, Use Of Computer Services Or Devices To Solicit Certain Illegal Acts, and Unlawful Use Of Two Way Communications Device. 

"It is sickening to me that someone who was once trusted with the safety of our children as a school bus driver would prey on an innocent child," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "I am thankful that the teenage girl he encountered was not someone's young daughter and was instead a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputy. I will not allow anyone to target the most innocent members of our society. It is all of our responsibility, both law enforcement and the citizens we serve, to work together to safeguard our children."

Cabrera remains at the Orient Road Jail at this time. 


ARRESTED

NAME: Hector Cabrera
AGE: 32
CHARGES: Traveling To Meet Minor After Using Computer Services/Devices To Solicit Certain Illegal Acts, Use Of Computer Services Or Devices To Solicit Certain Illegal Acts, Unlawful Use Of Two Way Communications Device