Ocala officer accused of sex with underage girl

Police officer arrested on charges of having sex with 16-year-old prositute

OCALA, Fla. - A police officer in Ocala has been fired after his arrest on suspicion of having sex with a 16-year-old prostitute.

The Ocala Police Department says 41-year-old Bennie Lee Wilson III turned in his badge and uniform on Thursday. He was arrested last year on two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

Police say an investigation found that Wilson had met with a 16-year-old girl who had run away from home and was involved in prostitution.

The girl told investigators that Wilson talked with her for a while and fondled her, and they eventually had sex for $20.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports that Wilson admitted to Ocala police Sgt. Brian Young that he had sex with the girl and knew she was under 18.

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