SHALIMAR, Fla., June 19, 2019—TheOkaloosa County Sheriff’s Office terminated a deputy today because of multiple felony charges here and in Polk County for solicitation.
Today, the OCSO charged Cansas Timothy Sadler Jr., 41, with using a computer to solicit a child while misrepresenting his age, using a computer to solicit a child and using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is charging Sadler with multiple counts of transmitting material harmful to a minor by an electronic device.
Sadler joined the OCSO in July 2018 after retiring from the U.S. Army and was still on new-hire probationary status at the time of his arrest.
Earlier this year, the OCSO awarded Sadler, along with three other OCSO deputies, the medal of merit for his heroic actions to rescue a reportedly homeless woman trapped inside a burning building.
Investigators from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation June 11 after a Winter Haven, Fla., resident there reported she’d found inappropriate material on her 9-year-old daughter’s cell phone.
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 PCSO 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.”
Sadler posed as both an 11-year-old girl named Jade and as a 31-year-old man named Jason while online.
“Jade” was playing an online role-playing game called The Wolf where “she” met the 9-year-old victim June 8.
After moving from the game to TextNow, a free cell phone text application that allows messages to be sent over the Internet, the conversation between the two turned sexual in nature, where Jade talked about having sex, performing oral sex and having a threesome.
During this conversation, Jade asked the victim if she wanted to have sex with her 31-year-old friend, “Jason,” who was also Sadler.
The victim then began communicating with Jason who began soliciting the victim for a sexual encounter that would also include Jade.
Sadler was questioned June 19 at the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. He admitted to playing The Wolf, but denied all the allegations against him and said his email address had been hacked and he never used the Internet text apps.
However, a legal search of his phone revealed evidence he was, in fact, posing as the 11-year-old Jade and the 31-year-old Jason.
“I want to thank our investigators and their counterparts from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office,” said Ashley. “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.
Staff and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office news release