Father turns to social media for help after Florida law enforcement botches investigation into molestation of his teen daughter

Twitter user @MoviePaul has turned to social media for help after multiple law enforcement agencies in Florida botched the investigation into the molestation of his 14-year-old daughter allegedly by an 18-year-old male on a chaperoned school field trip.

This is a long thread, but worth a read. And we’d love to hear from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Attorney General Pam Bondi if they think this is the way a victim should be treated, because this is an awful, awful story:

This is going to be an uncomfortable thread for me to write, but I’m getting nowhere with official channels, so I have to turn to social media.

In Feb 2017, my 14 y/o daughter was molested by an 18 y/o boy while on a “chaperoned” @FIRSTweets robotics competition trip.

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

When I discovered the 18 y/o boy was grooming my daughter, asking for pics and showing her his erect penis, I was obviously upset and immediately called @JSOPIO. When I tried to file a report they tried to discourage me by saying my daughter could face child porn charges.

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

I balked at the notion and asked for someone from sex crimes to take a report, preferably a female officer. @JSOPIO wouldn’t investigate because the boy lived in Clay County and told me to contact @CCSOFLSheriff. Which I did.

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

Surprisingly, @ccsofl also tried to discourage me from filing a molestation report by telling me the same thing about my daughter and child porn. When I wasn’t deterred, they pawned off responsibility back to @JSOPIO because we live in Duval County.

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

This back and forth between @JSOPIO and @ccsofl went on for a couple of days until I threatened to contact the media. Then, JSO sent out a male patrol officer and his female trainee, both unqualified in sex crimes – juvenile or otherwise.

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

The @JSOPIO officer (male) wanted to look at the pictures on my daughter’s phone, to which I said absolutely not. Reluctantly, I allowed the female trainee to view the evidence. Her response, “Did you want him to touch you?” Unbelievable.

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

After teaching the @JSOPIO officers about underage victim laws & rights, they agreed to file a report and took the phone in as evidence. That was early-March 2017. It took several more weeks until I had to follow up for info, no one contacted us during that time.

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

Eventually, @JSOPIO turned the evidence over to @ccsofl where a nice detective w/years of experience in juvenile sex crimes was assigned the case. He brought us in, took her statement, told us what he was going to look for on the phone and I signed off.

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

I’m grateful for that @ccsofl detective and the active interest he took in my daughter’s case. After the initial investigation, it was determined that a crime was committed by the 18 y/o boy but because it occurred in Orlando, @OrangeCoSheriff would need to handle it.

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

The case, evidence and report (including the phone) were allegedly given by @ccsofl to the @OrangeCoSheriff where they promptly lost it. 7 months later, after dozens of phone calls by me, the phone/evidence was found…IN THE PROPERTY ROOM AT @ccsofl! Unreal.

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

Turns out, the female sergeant at @OrangeCoSheriff moved divisions and didn’t bother giving my daughter’s case to anyone. Nice work guys. Had I not followed up (continuously)then everything would have fallen (further) into limbo.

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

At this point, we are 11 months into this process and no one outside of the nice @ccsofl detective has given a crap about it or her. Turns out, he’s moving divisions as well and called me to follow up. He was aghast to learn nothing had been done by the @OrangeCoSheriff.

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

He reached out to the @OrangeCoSheriff on my behalf but still, they didn’t respond. It wasn’t until a friend in the media reached out to their PR dept that suddenly, they were interested in the case. We’re now 12 months into this process, at this point.

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

I’m told by the @OrangeCoSheriff that someone would call me – they didn’t. I had to harangue them into contacting me. Finally a detective (male) calls me but leads w/the same tired line “Your daughter could face child porn charges.” What the hell is it with that spiel anyways?

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

The @OrangeCoSheriff detective says he needs the phone to look for evidence. Surprise! They’ve lost it again. He’ll need to search for it and contact me back. Weeks later, I have to call him, and *shock* he’s found it…or has he? Enjoy this next part….

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

The @OrangeCoSheriff detective says he needs my permission to search my daughter’s iPhone and look for evidence, except….she didn’t have an iPhone. These jackwagons don’t even have the right phone! smh

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

So, the @OrangeCoSheriff detective once again goes searching for the phone. He finds it a few days later but says he needs to do a thorough search to look to for evidence. *red flags* The @ccsofl already did all that and sent it over, so what are they searching for?

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

My Libertarian instincts kick in and since I don’t know what else is on my daughter’s phone, I ask him to send me a warrant outlining what they are specifically searching for. Of course, he discourages me by saying he can’t investigate without carte blanche to snoop around.

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

After I again, tell him to send me a warrant to sign, the @OrangeCoSheriff detective says he’ll “get back to me.” Guess what he didn’t do? That’s right, we’re now 13 months into this process, still no progress.

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

Finally! After calling multiple agencies for weeks, I get someone from the State Attorney’s office (@AGPamBondi), Sean Wiggins, who wants to chat. So, we chat. He’s completely clueless to anything that’s transpired over the last 13 months. Fantastic!

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

Mr. Wiggins assures me that, while his office COULD file charges against my daughter (again with this nonsense), it’s “unlikely” that he’ll do so. Gee, thanks big guy. Top notch ppl you’ve got there @AGPamBondi

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

After 2 hours on the phone with Mr. Wiggins, he agrees to open an investigation into my daughter’s molestation case….which was supposedly already done? But whatever, we’re finally moving forward – or so I thought. That was in February.

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

It’s now June, and no one from the State Attorney’s office has called me back. So I call all around Orlando looking for Wiggins, because the number he gave me is disconnected. Sweet! @AGPamBondi

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

I managed to find someone (a secretary I think?) to give me some info. Turns out, they’ve made no progress on my daughter’s case because they consider it to be a “non-arrest case.” Apparently in Florida, underage molestation isn’t an arrestable offense. Who knew? @AGPamBondi

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

So here we are 16 months later. The 18 y/o boy who molested my 14 y/o daughter in a hot tub at a @Marriott in Orlando while on a chaperoned @FIRSTweets trip goes unpunished & joins the army. While the @JSOPIO @OrangeCoSheriff and @AGPamBondi have all let her down.

Kudos guys.

— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 13, 2018

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