Sumter County, FL (February 9, 2019) - A former corrections officer is in custody following his arrest on charges related to sexual battery of a child. 41-year-old Kenneth Slanker was taken into custody by authorities on Wednesday, February 6th in connection with the charge.
Police say that Slanker, a former officer at the Coleman Correctional Complex in Sumter County, is accused of inappropriate acts over a series of years with the alleged victim. The abuse allegedly began when .the victim was 10 years old and continued thereafter. In an interview with detectives, Slanker admitted to at least 25 instances of sexual contact between himself and the victim.
Based on the interview and other evidence, Slanker was arrested and charged with Sexual Battery on a Vicitim under 12, Lewd and Lascivious Battery and Lewd and Lascivious Molestation. He was taken to jail where he was held on a $250,000 bond.
Sumter County Child Sex Crimes Laws
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