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Firefighter faces online sex charges in Florida

Posted October 20, 2008 11:18 a.m. EDT

— A Seymour Johnson Air Force Base firefighter was arrested in Florida Sunday on charges he used the Internet to arrange a sexual encounter with a minor, authorities said.

Mark Floyd Farwell, 38, of 110 Larchmont Circle in Goldsboro, was charged with five counts of prohibited use of computer services and one count of traveling to meet a minor.

Farwell, a captain in the fire department at Seymour Johnson, corresponded online for 10 months with undercover deputies in the Lake County Sheriff's Office, believing the deputies were a woman with a 7-year-old daughter, authorities said. He explicitly described how he wanted to meet them for sex, authorities said.

A meeting was arranged over the weekend while Farwell was visiting relatives in Florida, and he was arrested at the meeting location, authorities said.