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Former Champions Tour player arrested in child sex sting

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Steve Thomas, a former Champions Tour player, was arrested in an undercover Internet child sex sting led by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

Thomas was one of 40 people arrested in Kissimmee, Fla., during an operation conducted Jan. 8-16. Detectives posed as juveniles, parents or guardians in online chat rooms and instant messaging programs, luring suspects to a location in Osceola County with the purpose of having sex with a minor.

Thomas was listed by the Sheriff’s Office as Stephen Wesley Thomas, 55, of Meridian, Miss. His occupation was listed as: Professional golfer.

Thomas played in 44 events on the PGA Tour, making 13 cuts, according to PGATour.com. He played in 34 Champions Tour events with two career top-10s. He last played a full schedule in 2009. His most recent result was a T-29 in the 2010 SAS Championship.