UCF instructor, 75, arrested in child sex sting
UCF film instructor, 75-year-old Stephen Schlow, was arrested Saturday after being caught in an online child sex sting.
UCF spokesman Chad Binette said Schlow's resignation was accepted Wednesday following his arrest.
"We have no reports of any disciplinary issues on file for him," Binette said.
On June 22, Schlow went online to talk to who he thought was a 13-year-old female, but was actually an undercover law enforcement officer, according to the arrest report.
After engaging in a conversation, Schlow mentioned that he will travel in a vehicle from the Orlando area to meet up and participate in sexual activity.
On Saturday, Schlow traveled to the location in Sanford where he met the undercover officer and was arrested and transported to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility.
He was charged with obscene communication and using the Internet to lure and seduce a minor.
The Seminole County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday the 12 suspects arrested as a result from Operation Cyber Summer, an undercover, multi-agency operation that aimed to target those using the Internet to sexually exploit children.
During the operation that began on June 24, undercover officers chatted online, emailed and spoke on the phone with subjects they believed were communicating with minors, or adults with minors, available to engage in sexual activity, according to a SCSO news release.
Agencies that participated in the operation included: Lake Mary Police Department, the Manatee, Osceola, Highland, Polk, Volusia County Sheriff's Offices, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Schlow started as an adjunct instructor in 2000, and became a full-time instructor in 2003. He was not teaching any classes this summer.
Schlow's arrest comes after that of UCF graduate Ahmad Saleem, who was among 101 charged with pedophilia in June, as part of Lake County Sheriff's Office Special Investigation Bureau and Polk County Sheriff's Office operation.
Marina Guerges is the Editor-in-Chief at the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @marinaguerges or email her at MarinaG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.