Police Briefs 5/12/22

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 5/11/22

Green Cove Springs teen caught with child pornographyGREEN COVE SPRINGS – A 19-year-old man was arrested after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children alerted the Clay County …

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Police Briefs 5/12/22


Green Cove Springs teen caught with child pornography

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A 19-year-old man was arrested after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children alerted the Clay County Sheriff’s Office it uncovered a video of a man molesting a young boy.
Ernest Sintrel Laster, of Green Cove Springs, was charged on May 4 with possessing, controlling or viewing a depiction of child sexual conduct and with transmitting pornography with an electronic device after detectives found a video of a man abusing a boy on one of Laster’s electronic devices.
According to the sheriff’s office, Laster admitted to watching the video several times during a three-month period that ended in January. He said he got the video from a group chatroom.
Laster’s bond was set at $50,006.

CCSO: Woman lied to hide identity of man during murder investigation

MIDDLEBURG – A woman already facing charges of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice related to a May 2021 murder, was arrested again after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office determined she wasn’t truthful during their investigation of Treavor Bloomfield’s killing.
Jessica Arias Cruz, 37, of Middleburg, now faces a new charge of being an accessory after the face in a capital felony after deputies said she attempted to mislead investigators about the identity of a man who was with the victim shortly before he died.
Here home surveillance video, however, showed Abel Navarro and Bloomfield leave her house shortly before Bloomfield was shot several times in the back and side. His body was found near the intersection of County Road 220 and Henley Road. Navarro then returned to Cruz’s house 68 minutes later and the couple, along with two other women, moved into a hotel in Orange Park.
Bloomfield and Cruz previously dated, according to the affidavit for the arrest warrant. Cruz said she and Bloomfield argued the night before and he came to the house to retrieve some of his belongings.

Cruz’s bond was set at $150,003 and she was ordered not to have any contact with Navarro or the other two women during the ongoing investigation.

Wanted man caught with more marijuana, fake driver’s license

ORANGE PARK – A Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputy who recognized a man with an outstanding warrant wound up uncovering more marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a handgun, AR-15 rifle and a fake driver’s license after he was stopped on May 4 on College Drive.
Jesse Lee Messer, 18, of Orange Park, now faces additional charges with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of drug paraphernalia and using a counterfeit driver’s license after deputies completed an inventory of his car.
He already was facing charges of selling marijuana and using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony.
That warrant came after a confidential informant working with the sheriff’s office bought $140 worth of marijuana during a controlled buy on Blanding Boulevard.
Messer’s bond was set at $165,020.