CRESTVIEW — A former Okaloosa County sheriff‘s deputy will serve 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges after he attempted to convince a 9-year-old girl to have sex with him.
Circuit Judge Michael Flowers sentenced Cansas Timothy Sadler Jr. on five counts of transmitting material harmful to minors and one count each of using an electronic device to solicit sexual conduct with a minor; using an electronic device to solicit sexual conduct with a minor while misrepresenting his age; and unlawful use of a communications device in the commission of a felony, according to a news release from the State Attorney‘Office.
Sadler will also be required to wear a GPS monitor for 15 years while serving sex offender probation, and he will carry a sexual offender designation for the rest of his life, the release said.
Sadler, 41, was living in Crestview and working as an Okaloosa County deputy when he connected with the 9-year-old victim through an online gaming application called Wolf, the release said.
He posed as an 11-year-old named "Jade," and as Jade "discussed sexual acts that he would like to engage in with (the victim)," the release said.
Sadler , as Jade, introduced the victim to "her" 31-year-old male friend, the release said and, as the 31-year-old, also engaged in sexual conversations with the 9-year-old.
Sadler‘s 31-year-old persona suggested that he, Jade and the victim should meet in Sarasota, where the victim lived, the release said.
The victim’s mother became aware of the sexual conversations and reported them to the Polk County Sheriff‘s Office.
The investigation, initiated June 11, 2019, "revealed that it was the defendant that was chatting with the victim using the two separate personas," the State Attorney‘s Office said.
"Sadler, who had worked for the Sheriff‘s Office since July 16, 2018, was "terminated by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department immediately upon his arrest," the release said. A report indicates the arrest was made June 18, 2019.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff‘s Office worked in conjunction with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to make the arrest, the release said. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Christine Bosau.