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Man from Longboat Key arrested for luring child in New Mexico

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Conrad Coovert, 33, was arrested on April 3 on charges of child abuse that occurred in New Mexico. 

Coovert’s address is listed as a Longboat Key address. 

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office executed the warrant issued by the Albuquerque Police Department. 

According to the Albuquerque Police Department’s X (Twitter) account, “Coovert has been charged for allegedly luring a 14-year-old from their home with plans to take them back to Florida.”

Coovert faces a second-degree felony charge.

Coovert waived a formal arraignment and pleaded not guilty on April 9, according to public court documents.

In February, Coovert was also charged with battery on a person 65 years of age or older in Sarasota County after punching his mother in the chest, according to a probable cause affidavit. 

He also previously faced charges for child pornography and enticing a child for indecent purposes in Thomas County, Georgia, in 2015. 



Carter Weinhofer

Carter Weinhofer is the Longboat Key news reporter for the Observer. Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, he moved to St. Petersburg to attend Eckerd College until graduating in 2023. During his entire undergraduate career, he worked at the student newspaper, The Current, holding positions from science reporter to editor-in-chief.

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