Former Florida basketball coach charged with sex trafficking

Feb. 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A former Florida private school basketball coach has been arrested on sex trafficking charges, authorities said.

Fort Lauderdale police busted James Sylvester Ross, 63, in an undercover sting in which two undercover police officers posed as underage girls and a third officer pretended to be a potential customer, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

Authorities began investigating Ross, who worked as a basketball coach and athletic director at the now-closed Broward Christian School, after receiving a tip that he was involved in "suspicious activity with juveniles," said detective DeAnna Greenlaw.

When they searched Ross, police found 300 index cards "each listing a different female's first name, descriptive characteristics of the female, a contact telephone number and the individual's hobbies or interests," said a police news release.

Ross has been charged with procuring a minor for prostitution and unlawful use of a two-way communication device for engaging in sexually explicit conversations and texts with one of the undercover officers. He is being held at the Paul Rein Detention Facility in Pompano Beach on $8,500 bond.

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