Police Briefs 5/7/20

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CCSO deputy accused of having sex with 15-year-old girl

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A 36-year-old deputy with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office was arrested by the Green Cove Springs Police Department following an investigation involving a 15-year-old girl.

Travis R. Pritchard was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior with handling, fondling or assault on a child younger than 16, as well as in-state electronic transmission to harm a child.

According the GCSPD, the victim’s mother alerted the department after she learned of a possible relationship between the two. The victim said he met Pritchard at school, and initially the two met daily at a convenience store across the street from Clay High.

Their relationship moved to Snapchat, where the victim said Pritchard eventually convinced her to send a topless photo of her. The girl said Pritchard climbed through an open window at her house when the adults were asleep. According to the arrest report, the encounters lasted four nearly four months.

As the victim was being questioned, GCSPD said Pritchard sent her a message through Snapchat.

Pritchard was fired from the sheriff’s office on the day of his arrest. According to the agency, he worked for CCSO since 2009.

Sheriff Darryl Daniels then issued the following statement:

“It is unfortunate when a law enforcement officer commits an act that is counterproductive to the hard work being done in the profession. If found guilty by the courts, this former Deputy, Travis Pritchard, will have a long time to reflect on his actions. Effective today, I made the decision to terminate his employment with the Clay County Sheriff's Office. I ask that the citizens of Clay County not make the mistake of judging all law enforcement based on the actions of one. The men and women of the Clay County Sheriff's Office remain committed to making Clay County a safe place to live; that will never change!”

Pritchard’s bond was set at $75,006.

Children’s advocate alert CCSO to possible child porn images

ORANGE PARK – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office charged a local man after they found 10 images of children having sex on his home computer.

Dylan Thomas Banks, 34, of Orange Park, was charged with 10 counts of possessing, controlling or viewing sexual conduct by a child.

According to the arrest report, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit and Department of Homeland Security Investigations received three cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children after it learned images may have been downloaded to Banks’ computer from a suspected website.

Investigators found Banks’ computer had been used to contact the website using a login and user password.

Banks’ bond was set at $250,030.

Local man arrested for robbing four men

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A local man was arrested for trying to rob four men who were trying methamphetamine on April 26.

Darryl Keith Dylan Brant, 28, of Green Cove Springs, was charged with armed robbery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm or ammo by a convicted felon after the victims said men tried to rob them during the drug buy.

One of the victims was shot in the knee by a handgun after he refused to turn over the money, according to the arrest report. Deputies later found a .40 caliber handgun and a box of ammo in Brant’s bedroom, along with $303 in cash. The rounds were the same size and brand used at the scene of the robbery.

Brant’s bond was set at $525,009.

Drug raid leads to five arrests; seizures of drugs, guns

MIDDLEBURG – Members of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office’s Organized Crime/Narcotics unit and SWAT team raided a home at 2312 Tyrone Road and seized guns and drugs on May 1.

Five people were arrested in the raid, including a man who was a convicted felon in possession of a gun.

Alexander Gregory Pope, 38, of Middleburg, was charged with possession of a firearm and ammo by a convicted felon, as well as possessing drug paraphernalia, marijuana and cocaine. The cocaine was discovered in the back seat of CCSO patrol car was taken to the Clay County Jail.

Deborah Faye Hulse, 54, of Middleburg, was charged with possessing a sawed-off shotgun and drug paraphernalia, while Ian Alan Bizzell, 33, of Orange Park, was charged with possessing fentanyl and drug paraphernalia; David Stone, 41, of Middleburg, was charged with possessing drug paraphernalia; and, Austen Levi Downs, 25, of Middleburg, was charged with possessing fentanyl and drug paraphernalia.

Deputies found Downs in a camper on the property, while Stone was found in a guestroom bathtub.

Pope’s bond was set at $130,763.

Man arrested for driving with blood alcohol three times over limit

FLEMING ISLAND – An alert convenience store clerk helped the Clay County Sheriff’s Office get a man who was three times over the legal limit from getting back on the road.

Aaron Lebron Hadsock, 25, of Green Cove Springs, was charged with DUI with a blood alcohol level of .235 or higher after deputies found him sitting in his car on County Road 200 April 29 with the engine running.

Hadsock failed the field sobriety test, according to the arrest report. He later submitted to a blood alcohol test at the Clay County Jail. His levels were measured at .241 and .235. The legal limit in Florida is .08.

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