Former Jacksonville firefighter faces new charges of exposing himself

Brandon Conn, 33, resigned after being accused of exposing himself to minor

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Three new charges have been filed against a veteran Jacksonville firefighter who is already accused of exiting his pickup nude in front of a teenager at a Fernandina Beach park.

Brandon Patrick Conn, 33, resigned from the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department when the first charge of exposing himself to a minor was brought against him in March.

Conn has had three new charges against him as of July 29. Those charges are for lewd and lascivious exhibition to someone under 18 but older than 16. For each charge, he has bond set for $15,002.

In one of the new charges, Conn is accused of being naked in a bedroom in the presence of a child twice in March 2018. In the second instance, he allegedly asked the child  to give him a towel. She did so, keeping her head turned and holding the towel inside the door. Conn asked her to enter the room and hand him the towel, and she did.

In the second report, Conn was at a house and started a lewd act on himself while sitting in a chair near a girl, who told an adult. The adult  told her not to mention it to anyone, adding, “That’s normal, it’s just Brandon.” This incident was reported after his first arrest in June.

He was arrested in May following the March accusations that he was nude when he exited his pickup truck in full view of a teenager at a Fernandina Beach park. 

According to his arrest warrant, Conn was naked when he got out of a truck at Seaside Park in front of a 16-year-old girl on March 11. 

The girl ran and told her mother that he showed his “front” to her. 

Confronted by the girl’s family and later, police Conn denied exposing himself, saying he was changing his clothes. He acknowledged there was a nearby bathroom that he could have used.

Crime and Safety Expert Ken Jefferson is a former sex crimes detective and said these types of acts are dangerous.

"With more victims now coming forward with the same MO, the same methods he’s used in the past… he’s probably gonna have to face the music." Jefferson said. "This can graduate into other things. It starts off, a lot of times, maybe by watching women undress shower and elevates to exposure, to sexual assault and then elevates to becoming a sexual predator. It is just, in this particular stage, at this point, the need and the want for gratification grows."

An investigator assigned to the case found what he described as a concerning history of investigations involving inappropriate sexual behavior in Conn’s criminal record, according to the warrant.

Allegations that Conn exposed his genitals to an 8-year-old girl in 2005 were ruled unfounded due to a lack of criminal intent.

He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct stemming from a 2009 complaint that he watched two women while they showered at Ginny Springs State Park.

He also was the subject of a complaint that he exposed himself to two minors near a beach in Georgia, but he avoided arrest.

Conn had worked for JFRD for 11 years but resigned in June after his arrest.

If convicted of the three new charges, Conn could get up to five years in prison, five years of sex offender probation and a $5,000 fine per incident. 

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