JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An affidavit for an arrest warrant provides additional details about a Jacksonville police officer accused of sending inappropriate photos of himself to a teenage boy.
Alejandro Carmona, 47, was suspended without pay from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. He’s charged with online solicitation of a child, transmission of harmful material to a child and unlawful use of a two-way communication device --which are felonies.
According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Carmona was arrested in an undercover investigation when he showed up for work at JSO on Tuesday night.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation began a month ago when a teenage boy came forward to police. According to Clay County Undersheriff Ron Lendvay, the boy, who was 16 at the time, met Carmona at a gym. Investigators said that nothing happened there and that the offenses he’s accused of occurred online.
“The victim believed he was going to get workout advice via Snapchat, but instead starting to get unusual requests to send pictures of himself to the suspect with his shirt off,” Lendvay said. “After a few months of Snapchatting, the suspect sent lewd pictures of himself, including photos and videos featuring full frontal nudity that also included the suspect’s face.”
According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, when the teen came forward to deputies, an undercover deputy then pretended to be the teen online.
“During the undercover chats, the suspect verified that he knew the victim was underage and had just turned 17,” Lendvay said.
According to the affidavit for an arrest warrant obtained by News4JAX on Thursday, when the undercover deputy logged into the teen’s Snapchat account, the deputy was able to see Carmona’s account.
“The defendant also has hit location services turned on and I was able to view the locations on numerous occasions during the chats,” the Clay County court document states.
It continues, “The defendant’s locations showed next to a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) substation on numerous occasions and various places around the Brentwood area of Jacksonville. This is also the same general area where the defendant works as a patrol officer.”
After his shift times, according to the affidavit, location services showed him in Lake Asbury and Green Cove Springs.
Investigators asked anyone else with information to come forward to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.