Sebring man charged in underage trafficking and sexual activity case

From the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office:

Howard Edward Jones, 66, of Sebring was arrested on August 15th and charged with engaging in human trafficking (child less than 18) and promoting sexual activity of a victim less than 16. The Special Victims Unit was made aware of a video from 2021 where Jones offered to pay a 13-year-old girl for sex.

Detectives are concerned there could be more victims. If you have had any contact with Jones that raised concerns, please call (863) 402-7357 or email

Note: Not all arrests result in convictions. Everyone is considered innocent until proven guilty in court.

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