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Five charges for Quebec's top tennis pro accused of luring girl, 13

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QUEBEC'S highest-ranked male professional tennis player is facing five charges for allegedly soliciting sex from a 13-year-old girl in Florida.

Pierre-Ludovic Duclos, 27, was arrested Thursday during an elaborate sting by police and now faces the charges in Bradenton, Fla.

Police say Duclos allegedly texted lewd photos of himself to the girl.

Police in Manatee County said they called him and set up a meeting with a detective posing as the girl.

Duclos, described in a police affidavit as a "self-employed tennis pro," was subsequently arrested.

He is charged with using a computer to solicit a child to commit sexual acts; enticing a child; lewd and lascivious battery; transmission of material harmful to minors and travelling to meet a minor after using a computer to lure a child.

Manatee County Sheriff spokesman Dave Bristow said Duclos was expected to make a first appearance before a judge on Friday.

He remained in custody and it will be up to a judge to determine whether he qualifies for bail.

The solicitation allegedly began on a tennis court two weeks ago, with Duclos offering to coach the girl.

"The defendant was made aware the victim was only 13 years of age and a middle school student," says the police report.

"The victim's mother called the defendant and discussed lessons."

That's when Duclos and his alleged victim began text-messaging each other. Police say he asked the girl about "hooking up" and that the conversation became increasingly graphic.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 23, 2013 A24

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