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Former Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Employee Arrested

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)-- A former employee to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has been arrested after he sent an explicit photgraph to a 16-year-old child.
According to reports, detectives launched an internal investigation on March 2 after receiving a report from a Sarasota woman that her 16-year-old child allegedly received an inappropriate photo from an unknown male deputy. Detectives learned 27-year-old Scott Kelly, of Sarasota, previously responded to the juvenile's home for an unrelated call for service in November. According to the victim, Kelly initiated a conversation through Snapchat the following day. The two began communicating which led to Kelly sending an explicit photo. During an interview, Kelly admitted to contacting the juvenile and sending the graphic image. Further investigation revealed Kelly utilized a law enforcement database to research the driver's license photos, names, and addresses of several adult females, whom he later connected with on social media.
Kelly has been taken into custody on a single count of distributing obscene material to a minor and five counts of violation of public recods law.

He is currently being held without bond.

Kelly was hired in April 2018 and assigned to the Patrol Bureau. At the time of his arrest, as internal affairs investigators attempted to interview him, he resigned. Investigators will remain in contact with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) regarding his moral character violations and the future of his law enforcement certification. Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to contact the Criminal Investigations Section at 941.861.4900.
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