Corrections officer posted dirty photo of ex on Instagram, police say

Jacksonville officer, 27, charged with sexual cyberharassment

By Jenese Harris - Reporter/anchor, Erik Avanier - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 27-year-old Jacksonville Sheriff's Office corrections officer has been charged with sexual cyberharassment after police said he posted a dirty photo of his ex-girlfriend on Instagram.

Officer Stephen Tilley, a five-year veteran with the Sheriff's Office, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation, and could face termination, Undersheriff Pat Ivey said.

Ivey said that Tilley and his girlfriend recently ended their relationship and after the breakup, Tilley posted "inappropriate material," including a photo of his ex, on Instagram. Ivey said the post violated a Florida statute on cyberharassment.

The ex-girlfriend was alerted to the post through her Instagram account, and she notified the Sheriff's Office, Ivey said.

Investigators said they are still looking into the details, but it's possible that Tilley made the offending post while on duty. The report shows it happened sometime between 8 p.m. Sept. 5 and 2:30 a.m. Sept. 6 in a government/public building. 

Tilley was booked Tuesday afternoon into the Duval County jail on the first-degree misdemeanor charge. According to online jail records, he's being held on $15,000.

Since Tilley was hired as a JSO corrections officer in August 2013, he has been the subject of three previous internal investigations between 2014 and 2017 after complaints were filed against him. Only one of the complaints was sustained, and he was given informal counseling in that case.

He was the fifth JSO employee arrested this year. Ten were arrested in 2017.

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