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House employee charged with soliciting a minor

Booking photo of Michael Chmielewksi
Booking photo of Michael Chmielewksi

A former Florida House of Representatives employee who oversaw the chamber’s page and messenger program has been arrested and charged with two counts of using a computer to solicit a minor for sex.

Michael A. Chmielewksi, who has worked fulltime for the House since 2010, was arrested Monday after soliciting a Leon County Sheriff’s undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old girl on the internet, according to a report from WCTV.

Chmielewski managed the approximately 200 to 300 pages and messengers who work in the House during each annual legislative session.

The youths range in age from 13 to 18 years old. According to the WCTV report, Chmielewski made several sexually explicit remarks to the undercover agent while online and then traveled to meet what he thought was a 14-year-old and was arrested.

Chmielewski was immediately terminated from his House job, which paid $40,000 a year, according to the office of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes.

Chmielewski's computer was locked and given to the Department of Law Enforcement.

Fred Piccolo, a spokesman for the office, said the House is “well prepared” to continue the page and messenger program when the 2017 session begins on March 7.