Former PGA golfer, who has lived in Tupelo, arrested in sex sting

By The Associated Press

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — A former PGA golfer is among 40 suspects arrested in central Florida as part of an underage sex sting operation.

Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives said Tuesday that pro golfer Steve Thomas, who once in lived in Tupelo, was charged with traveling to seduce an underage girl and using a computer to entice a legal guardian or parent to commit sex acts on an underage girl.

There was no telephone listing for Thomas at the Meridian, Miss., address he gave detectives and he couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.

Thomas played one season on the PGA Tour, had one top-10 finish and won $25,781. He last played on the Champions Tour, the PGA’s senior circuit, in 2010.

Also arrested during the weeklong sex sting operation were a Gainesville swim instructor, an eighth-grade teacher and eight college students.