Jacksonville, FL (April 25, 2019) – On Tuesday, a former Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officer was charged and arrested for sexual battery on a child. He has since been identified as 28-year-old Clarence Bernard Thomas.
Police reported that Thomas was one of the nine men who were arrested and charged during what was nicknamed “Operation Downpour.” This two-week sting operation was set up so that officials posed as different people and arranged to meet suspects at certain locations who were attempting to solicit children.
Various suspects were caught in the sting between the ages of 18-34, and most are facing felony charges.
Allegedly, Thomas had an encounter with a child who is believed to have been a student at Westside High School. Thomas was serving as a coach at the time and had unlawful intercourse with the minor.
Police continue to investigate the circumstances of the accident.
Jacksonville Sexual Battery of a Child Laws
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