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South Florida police officer accused of on-line intercourse chat with minor – KIRO 7 Information Seattle

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – A South Florida police officer is charged with online sex chats with an undercover detective posing as a minor.

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Louis Joseph Walsh, 29, has been charged with two submissions of material harmful to minors, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office online booking records.

Walsh is a member of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and also works as a security officer at two Catholic schools in Broward County – Cardinal Gibbons High School and St. Anthony Elementary School, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Walsh is also a high school wrestling assistant, according to the newspaper.

#BREAKING: Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Louis Walsh has been arrested by BSO. The 5-year-old veteran reportedly sent inappropriate photos of himself to someone he believed was a minor. Instead, it was an undercover detective.

– Frank Guzman (@ fguzmanon7) March 24, 2021

According to investigators, Walsh posted photos of himself online revealing his genitals, which he believed was a teenager but was in fact an undercover officer from Minnesota. Walsh was arrested at the Fort Lauderdale Police Office on Wednesday, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

“The conversations were sexual. The person also took a picture of himself and exposed his private parts, ”Broward County Sheriff’s Detective Veda Coleman-Wright told WSVN. “Minnesota investigators shared this photo with our detectives, and our detectives were able to identify the person. They confirmed it was a Fort Lauderdale Police Department officer. “

In a statement, Fort Lauderdale Police Department said it was “shocked and disappointed” to learn of Walsh’s arrest.

“The details of these allegations are very difficult to hear and do not reflect the character and professionalism expected of the men and women of this agency,” the statement said.

Interim Police Chief Patrick Lynn has put Walsh on administrative leave without pay while the case is pending, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Walsh was also the assistant wrestling coach at Cardinal Gibbons High School and worked there and at Saint Anthony’s School in security. The Archdiocese of Miami made this statement upon learning of his arrest:

– Frank Guzman (@ fguzmanon7) March 24, 2021