A former swimming mentor at a non-public faculty in Orange Park has been arrested after an investigation into online exploitation of a little one, in accordance to the Clay County Sheriff’s Business office.
Mitchell Jacob Bentz, 24, of Environmentally friendly Cove Springs was charged Monday with using a laptop to seduce or entice a little one and electronic transfer of facts to harm a child, according to Clay County jail information.
The Sheriff’s Office claimed Bentz coached swimming at St. Johns Region Working day College on Medical doctors Lake Generate. His Fb webpage shows one 2019 image of him at a swimming pool with teenagers following getting a 2nd-area award.
College officers reported they are aware of Bentz’s arrest and stated to the ideal of their knowledge, “none of our college students or swimmers were topics of his outreach” in a brief statement. School officers did not point out when or how lengthy he worked there.
The investigation into Bentz started in April when the Sheriff’s Office’s World-wide-web Crimes Versus Youngsters device learned that another person had solicited a little one on the net for illegal sexual perform. Several lewd images also have been sent to the youngster on the web, the Sheriff’s Business office claimed.
Comparable cases have been investigated by spot Sheriff’s Offices.
In April 2011, a Lake Shore Middle Faculty teacher who also coached was arrested immediately after a mum or dad explained to law enforcement her little one experienced been touched and subjected to sexual perform, in accordance to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Business. Robert Bryan Luke of the 4200 block of Pilgrim Way was jailed on a few sexual intercourse charges with a minimal, which include capital sexual battery of a child younger than 12. He was sentenced in 2012 to a 30 many years, court information display.
And in April 2019, a former Westside Significant School coach was just one of 9 arrested in a two-7 days investigation searching for people today who use the online to sexually exploit young children, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office environment. Clarence Bernard Thomas Jr. was a Jacksonville corrections officer and section-time football coach when he was arrested after undercover detectives posed as small children on the internet to established up meetings with adult males at an undercover site in St. Johns County.
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