400-lb. Florida cop charged with posing as teen girl online to get sex pics from boys

By David Ferguson
Friday, March 28, 2014 12:17 EDT
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After a months-long investigation, a 30-year-old Bunnell, FL police sergeant was arrested Tuesday night and accused of posing as a 16-year-old girl on social media in order to solicit sexually graphic material from teen boys.

According to the St. Augustine Record, Michael Gerard Stavris II was charged with two felony counts of violating the Child Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act and one count of criminal use of personal identification information. The three felonies carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

The 6-foot-3, 400 pound Stavris — a former after-hours school cop in Jacksonville public schools — allegedly stole the identity of a 16-year-old girl to create a phony Facebook profile. He then friended teen boys he found attractive and enticed them into sexual talk. He sent the boys photos of women’s breasts in return for photos of the teens’ genitals.

Stavris promised to perform oral sex on the boys behind their schools in return for the explicit images.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) announced Wednesday that agents took Stavris into custody on Tuesday night, booked him into Flagler County Jail on a $125,000 bond, then released him.

The department began its investigation into Stavris in December of 2013. Nearly 40 underage boys were listed as friends on his fake profile. Some were students at Stavris’ alma mater, Flagler Palm Coast High School, where he graduated in 2002.

Among the victims listed in the criminal affidavit related to the case, more than a half-dozen were Flagler County residents.

Anyone with further information related to the case is asked the contact the FDLE at (904)360-7111.

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David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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