Officer Randy Velez, 27, of the Bartow Police Department in Florida has been arrested by the Polk County Sheriffâ€™s Office after his wife, Eloisa, and turned him in.
He admitted to her that he raped a 15-year-old girl he met while on the job.
His wife told authorities that sheâ€™d known since October that heâ€™d cheated on her, but didnâ€™t learn the girlâ€™s age until this week
Detectives interviewed the girl and she told them that sheâ€™d had sexual intercourse with Officer Velez once over the summer.
The disgraced officer admitted to detectives that he and his wife were having marital problems and that he met the girl while on the job, then became friends with her on Facebook. According to him, they began getting to know each other after talking casually on the popular social media platform.
â€œRandy said the more he and the victim got to know each other the more he started to have feelings for her,â€ he said
He said heâ€™d go to the girlâ€™s house while working at least once a day. They talked about sex and he asked her for kisses.
Detectives, as part of the investigation, then recorded a phone call between Officer Velez and his wife.
In that call, he told his wife, â€œI should be in jail. Iâ€™m embarrassed, and I donâ€™t feel good about what I did.â€
â€œIt takes planning and I just got lucky that day,â€ he added about the time heâ€™d assaulted the girl.
He was charged with lewd molestation and lewd battery, and is being held in the Polk County Jail until his first court appearance this morning.