Tampa Girl Helps Shape New Law

Pam Iorio and Sonia Acevedo

Last year, Tampa Police were prevented from arresting a man whom they say tried to lure an 11-year-old into his truck.

At that time, such an act was not against the law if the suspect had no prior sex offense according to Tampa Police Chief Stephen Hogue.

HOGUE: This case was so egregious because it was clearly the intentions of this guy that offered money to get her in the car. There was no reason for him, he didn't even live in this city.

The young girl, Sonia Acevedo, says she was able to evade the stranger by following her mother's advice.

ACEVEDO: She told me like if I'm by myself or going to the store don't talk to no strangers or walk quickly, walk back quickly.

Now, Acevedo's mother will not let her out of the house unless accompanied by an adult.

The new law makes it a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail, to entice a child into a car or building whether or not the suspect has a prior record.

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