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Zephyrhills man arrested in child sex sting faces weapons charges

A Zephyrhills man who was one of 16 child sex suspects arrested during a Florida Department of Law Enforcement operation now faces weapons charges, FDLE said.

Today, agents executed a search warrant at the home of Robert John Frank, 45, as a follow-up to last month’s Operation e-Guardian, the agency said. Inside, agents seized 13 weapons including AR-15’s, .44 and .45 pistols, SKS rifles, several large-capacity magazines and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition.

Frank, convicted of burglary in 1999, faces 13 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, FDLE said.

Frank was arrested during Operation e-Guardian, a five-day sting during which undercover agents, using social media sites and online chat rooms, communicated with men who thought they were talking with a child. The men drove to a specific location to have sex with whom they thought was an underage boy or girl, FDLE said.

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