Florida Cop and Youth Football Coach Arrested for Child Porn and Illicit Sexual Conduct

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A Florida police officer and youth football coach has been charged with over two dozen counts of child pornography and illicit sexual conduct.

43-year-old police sergeant Kreg Costa is alleged to have exchanged sexually explicit messages and videos with a 16-year-old girl via Twitter and email.

According to the girl, she was 15 years old when they first started corresponding, and had told him as much.

The 17-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, who, ironically, has worked with the department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force before, has been suspended without pay.

The investigation by the Broward Sheriff Office’s Public Corruption Unit began back in April.

Staff at the Weston district say they noticed that he was “staying in his office during his night shift with the lights off, and his uniform and gun belt removed.”

Detectives requested a computer usage report for his work-issued laptop and found that between January 1st and March 31st, he was viewing hardcore incest and BDSM porn in his office.

They also found “semen-splashed” photos of girls and evidence that he’d masturbated on those photos while in a bathroom at the station.

Investigators say that after learning Costa had been viewing porn at work, they began to covertly monitor his internet activity.

They, according to the report, “were able to identify a 16-year-old female victim Costa engaged in sexually explicit exchanges through emails, Twitter and videos. Costa instructed the California teenager to record herself while engaging in sex acts with herself.”

The young girl told cops she’d met Sgt. Costa on Twitter and had told him that she was 15. He was using the Twitter handle @CallMeSir34, which has since been deleted.

As if being a police officer with this kind of behavior wasn’t bad enough, Costa has also volunteered as a youth football coach with the Sunrise Gators.

He’s no longer listed as a coach on the team’s Facebook page.

He’s also married and has four young kids.

He’s being held without bond on 29 charges, including use of a child in sexual performance, possession of material depicting the sexual performance of a child, lewd and lascivious battery, unlawful sexual activity with minors, soliciting a child for unlawful sexual conduct using computer services or devices, and transmission of material harmful to minors by electronic device or equipment.

He’s been suspended with pay since April 24th, and his badge, ID and gun were taken away as the investigation goes on.

After his arrest Thursday, when he arrived at the office for a training class, that suspension was no longer paid.

Investigators said there could be other victims, and have asked anyone with additional information to call Public Corruption Detective Jason Hendrick at 954-321-1100.

UPDATE: On Wednesday, June 15th, Kreg Costa died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, just hours after being released from jail on a $250,000 bond.

 

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