CENTCOM contractor charged with trying to entice child for sexual activity

Philip Carl Olsen

UPDATE: A CENTCOM spokesman said Philip Carl Olsen is a contract computer network specialist who worked at U.S. Central Command. His access to CENTCOM has been suspended pending the legal case.

PREVIOUS STORY: TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A CENTCOM employee has been charged with trying to entice a child for illegal sexual activity.

Philip Carl Olsen, 55, of Lithia, was arrested Tuesday. Court documents show that between April 1 and April 5 Olsen used a phone and computer in an effort to get a person he thought was a 14-year-old child to participate in sexual acts, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.

The supposed child was an undercover agent.

“During the chats, Olsen graphically discussed the sexual acts that he wanted to engage in with the ‘child’ and sent the ‘child’ a picture of his genitals,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

In addition, the suspect asked the child to send a photo of his genitals, officials said.

On April 5 Olsen allegedly drove to what he thought was the child’s home, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was then arrested.


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