OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - An Okaloosa County Sheriff's Deputy has been fired after he was charged with multiple felony charges by the Okaloosa and Polk County Sheriff's Offices.
Deputies charged Cansas Sadler, Jr., 41, 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 communication device to facilitate a felony. Polk County is charging Salder with multiple counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor by electronic device.
According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Sadler joined last year, July 2018, after retiring from the United States Army.
Investigators with Polk County said a resident reported she'd found inappropriate material on her nine-year-old daughter's phone. They began the investigation last week, on June 11. They say the IP address was traced back to a computer at a home in Okaloosa County.
Okaloosa County investigators say they connected the computer to Sadler's home. They say they arrested Sadler and found more evidence.
“I’m always disheartened when someone sworn to serve and protect commits any crime, much less crimes of this nature,” Sheriff Larry Ashley said. “It’s an affront to all the hardworking, 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.”
Fort Walton Beach and Crestview Police Departments and Homeland Security Investigators helped in this case.
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