FT. WALTON BEACH, Fla. Sheriff Larry Ashley today says that the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s
Office has arrested an one of its deputy's on a felony charge of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
31-year old Deputy Christopher Ball, who has been with the agency less than one year, is also suspended without pay pending termination.
OCSO Investigators say Ball became involved in a sexual relationship
with a 17-year old girl in December 2013.
During a forensic interview with the victim yesterday, she outlined that she and the defendant had sexual intercourse six times at three different locations.
Investigators say Ball admitted to being in an inappropriate relationship but denied sexual contact. He consented to a search of his cell phone and admitted some scantily clad and nude photos located on the phone were of the victim. Ball had been hired May 20th, 2013.
“I demand, and our profession demands, that our deputies conduct
themselves with the highest standards of integrity and moral conduct.
Behavior that undermines that standard will absolutely not be tolerated. Within 24 hours our investigators had taken action to quickly and thoroughly determine the facts in this case and to carry out the appropriate steps to protect the public. We are now conducting a separate internal investigation and that information will be made public as well at the appropriate time,” said Sheriff Larry Ashley.