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Two Times staffers accused of soliciting officer for sex

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times,
published November 21, 2001

TAMPA -- Two St. Petersburg Times circulation employees have been charged with soliciting an undercover police officer for sex.

Zajko Cesko, 37, and Samir Carcic, 32, both of St. Petersburg, were arrested late Sunday after making a newspaper delivery at a Times circulation substation near 124th Street and Nebraska Avenue.

An undercover police officer standing near 113th Street and Nebraska said the men offered her $12 to have sex with them in the back of the Times truck, police spokesman Joe Durkin said.

The men, both Bosnian immigrants, deny the allegation and attribute it to communication problems caused by a language barrier, said a Times spokesman.

The undercover police officer, however, said the men's intentions were clear and captured on tape, Durkin said.

The men will be on paid suspension until the charges are resolved, a Times spokeswoman said.

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