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Fired Bradford County Deputy Charged with 3 Counts of Sex with Minor

9:01 AM, Feb 8, 2012   |    comments
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Johnny Hernandez

STARKE, Fla. -- The Bradford County Sheriff's Office today filed charges against a former member of their department alleging he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a minor.

Detectives with the Bradford County Sheriff's Office began their investigation November 11th after receiving a complaint from the Bradford County School Board.  The complaint alleged there was possible criminal activity involving a high school administrator.

Investigation by detectives revealed the school administrator was the school resource officer, Bradford County Sheriff's Deputy Johnny Gonzalez.  Gonzalez, a Bradford County Deputy since June of 2009, had been a school resource officer since August of 2010.

After the initial interview of Gonzalez, the Bradford County Sheriff, Gordon Smith, requested the Florida Department of Law Enforcement carry out the remainder of the investigation.  According to Smith, this request was made so the investigation would remain unbiased.

Hernandez, who was on administrative leave since the investigation began, was scheduled to be at an administrative interview November 23rd.  When he did not show up, his position with the Sheriff's Office was terminated.

January 25th the administrative review was concluded.  The results showed Hernandez had violated department policies for unbecoming conduct, failure to follow General Orders/Directives and Dereliction of Duty.

That same evening, Baker County deputies received a complaint of domestic violence between Hernandez and his wife.  As a result, a warrant was issued for Hernandez on charges of Domestic Battery and Aggravated Child Neglect.

The following day he turned himself into authorities.  Since that day, Hernandez has been held in jail on $110,000 bond.

Today, the Bradford County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement concluded their three month long investigation into the allegations Hernandez had inappropriate sexual activity with a minor.

Their investigation resulted in the state attorney adding three additional charges of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

Captain Brad Smith of the Bradford County Sheriff's Office said Hernandez will now have $300,000 additional bond added in light of the new charges.  This brings his total bond amount to $410,000.

Hernandez is being held at an undisclosed jail in the area.

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