June 19, 2019
Shalimar, FL – An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been terminated from employment as a result of multiple felony charges by both the Okaloosa and Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
The OCSO today charged 41-year old Cansas Timothy Sadler Jr 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 communications device to facilitate a felony. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is charging Sadler with multiple counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor by electronic device. Sadler joined the OCSO in July 2018 after retiring from the U.S. Army and was still on new-hire probationary status.
Investigators from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office initiated the investigation on June 11th after a resident there reported she’d found inappropriate material on her nine year old daughter’s cell phone.
During an interview with the nine (9) year victim, the victim stated she had been playing a Role Playing Game (RPG) called “The Wolf”. The game allows players the ability to create a team, play together and communicate through friend’s lists and chat options. The victim stated during the interview that she met another player who stated their name was Jade and was an 11-year-old female. The victim stated that the conversation between her and Jade moved from the game to the TextNow application.
During the conversation on TextNow, the two engaged in a sexual conversation. Jade later asked the victim if she wanted to have a sexual encounter with a friend named Jason who was 31-years-old.
During the conversation between the adult male identified as Jason and the victim, Jason solicited the victim for a sexual encounter and sent her a picture of a male sexual organ.
The communication was ultimately traced to a computer IP address at a home in Okaloosa County. OCSO investigators joined the effort and determined the computer was connected to Sadler’s residence. Sadler was taken into custody today following the execution of search warrants and the discovery of additional evidence by OCSO and Polk County S.O. investigators.
“I’m always disheartened when someone sworn to serve and protect commits any crime, much less crimes of this nature,” said Sheriff Larry Ashley. “It’s an affront to all the hard-working, 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.”
Members of the Fort Walton Beach and Crestview Police Departments, along with Homeland Security Investigators, assisted in the investigation.