SAN LEANDRO -- A 45-year-old youth minister attending a religious conference in Florida was arrested last week after he answered an online advertisement offering sex with a 14-year-old girl, police said.

Samuel Yoon, a San Leandro resident who worked as a youth minister at the Holy Cows youth ministry with the New Community Mission Church in San Mateo, was arrested on May 8 in Orlando when he arrived at an undercover police sting expecting to have sex with a teen, according to the Polk County Sheriff's office.

A woman who answered the phone at Yoon's home and identified herself as his mother Thursday afternoon said he was "at work." She said she did not know how to reach him.

A man who answered the phone at the church in San Mateo said Yoon "resigned a few days ago."

Police said Yoon's youth ministry was based in San Leandro; when asked if the church had an office there, the representative said, "No, not really."

The representative declined further comment. It was not immediately clear if Yoon had been running the youth ministry from his home.

Yoon was arrested and charged with one count each of offering to commit lewdness, traveling to meet a minor, using a computer to solicit a guardian and using a two-way communication device to commit a felony. Police said Yoon has no prior arrests.


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During a four-day sting last week, Polk County Sheriff's undercover detectives arrested 92 people for posting or answering online advertisements for sex, aiding and abetting in prostitution, sex trafficking and other charges.

One of the men arrested, Mohammed Ahmed, 21, of Illinois, was in Orlando on his honeymoon when he was arrested in the sting.

Police said 12 men were arrested when they brought prostitutes to the undercover location; 39 people arrested were prostitutes; 39 people were soliciting sex from prostitutes; and two people were arrested when they accompanied another person to the undercover location.

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