Stan Greer, AT&T’s Tallahassee-based area manager for regulatory affairs, was charged Friday with three counts of computer pornography, Leon County court records show.
Greer, 54, also sits on the Florida E911 Board, which oversees statewide emergency number 911 systems.
He was specifically charged under a section of state law that makes it a third-degree felony to “solicit, lure, or entice … a parent, legal guardian, or custodian of a child to consent to the participation of such child in (pornography), or to otherwise engage in any sexual conduct.”
A third-degree felony in Florida carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.
Arrest reports detailing the charges were unavailable Friday on the local court system’s database.
Local station WTXL reported that local police had “put up a fake ad on a website to catch people who were using the site to solicit minors for sex.”
“Greer responded to the ad, (thinking) he was communicating with a father in a family and … persistently expressed a desire to have sex with (a) made-up female child,” it said.
After he backed out of a planned meeting, police went to his home and arrested him, the station reported.
Greer was booked into Leon County Jail and held without bail, according to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office website.
A first appearance has been set for Saturday before Circuit Judge Martin Fitzpatrick, court dockets show.
An AT&T posting describes his job responsibilities: “Develops analysis of legislation and serves as subject matter expert … meets with state legislators and staff to discuss pending issues … Promote company’s regulatory agenda during public hearings. Manage Political Action Committee (PAC) activity and solicitation.”
Greer is not listed in the state’s database for executive branch or legislative lobbyists for 2016. The company’s lobbyist registrations otherwise read like a Who’s Who of the town’s influence industry.
A spokesperson for AT&T could not be immediately reached Friday afternoon.
Updated 11 p.m. : Gov. Rick Scott, in an executive order, suspended Greer from the Florida E911 Board “effective immediately.”