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Sarasota Deputy arrested after allegedly sending inappropriate photo to 16-year-old

Posted at 6:08 PM, Mar 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-30 23:25:32-04

SARASOTA, Fla — A former Sarasota Deputy was arrested after he allegedly sent an explicit photograph to a 16-year-old and used a law enforcement database to get information on several women.

According to a press release, detectives launched an internal investigation on March 2 after receiving a report from a Sarasota woman that her 16-year-old child received an explicit photo from a deputy.

Detectives said Scott Kelly 27, of Sarasota, previously responded to the juvenile’s home in November. According to the victim, Kelly initiated a conversation through Snapchat the following day. The two began communicating which led to Kelly sending an explicit photo.

During an interview, Kelly admitted to sending the graphic image.

Further investigation revealed Kelly utilized a law enforcement database to research the driver’s license photos, names, and addresses of several adult females, whom he later connected with on social media.

Kelly was arrested Wednesday, March 30, on one count of distributing obscene material to a minor and five counts of violation of public records law. He is currently being held without bond.

Kelly was hired in April 2018 and assigned to the Patrol Bureau. At the time of his arrest, as internal affairs investigators attempted to interview him, he resigned. Investigators will remain in contact with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) regarding his moral character violations and the future of his law enforcement certification.

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Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to contact the Criminal Investigations Section at 941.861.4900.