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Miami airport Customs officer charged with fondling girl, 16

Fabio Lopez
Posted at 12:31 PM, Mar 12, 2020

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who works at a South Florida airport fondled a 16-year-old girl and tried to take pornographic photos of her.

Court records show that 62-year-old Fabio Lopez was charged Wednesday with engaging in sexual activity with a minor and attempting to produce child pornography.

He made his first appearance Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale federal court. Officals say Lopez met the teenage girl's mother while working at the Miami International Airport last year.

Investigators say Lopez developed a relationship with the child over about eight months that eventually progressed to Lopez fondling the child and offering to pay her for pornographic pictures.