Okaloosa County, FL (WFTS) — A deputy with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office in Florida has been arrested after reportedly soliciting a child in Polk County, authorities say.
Cansas Sadler Jr., 41, was charged in Okaloosa County with using a computer to solicit a child while misrepresenting age, an additional count of using a computer to solicit a child, and using a two way communications device to facilitate a felony. He also faces multiple counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor by electronic device in Polk County.
Sadler joined OCSO in July 2018 after retiring from the U.S. Army and was still on new-hire probationary status.
Polk Couty investigators began looking into the incident on June 11 when a resident there reported she found inappropriate material on her 9-year-old daughter’s cell phone.
They traced the communication to a computer IP address at a home in Okaloosa County, which was connected to Sadler’s residence.
He was taken into custody today following the execution of search warrants and the discovery of more evidence.
“I’m always disheartened when someone sworn to serve and protect commits any crime, much less crimes of this nature,” said Sheriff Larry Ashley. “It’s an affront to all the hard-working, dedicated law enforcement officers who work tirelessly each day to keep our citizens safe. I want to thank our investigators and their counterparts from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. As Okaloosa County Sheriff, I greatly appreciate their teamwork and professionalism in working to develop the evidence, arrest, and hold the suspect accountable.”
Members of the Fort Walton Beach and Crestview Police Departments, along with Homeland Security Investigators, assisted in the investigation.