A Georgia teacher–who also worked part-time as sheriff’s deputy–is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old boy and knowingly exposing him to HIV.
According to WJXT, Ware County educator Tracy Wayne Crosby, 42, was originally charged on November 29 with misdemeanor solicitation of sodomy. However, jail records revealed that the 42-year-old is also now facing a felony charge of reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person.
The Florida Times-Union reported that Crosby was arrested after a woman claimed she found Crosby and her son engaging in a sex act in a public park. The Camden County Sheriff’s Office said the teen left home without explaining where he was headed and the mother spotted the car which he had left in at the park.
Camden County Sheriff’s Office Captain Larry Bruce revealed to The Brunswick News that Crosby didn’t know the victim through his teaching job.
“They met through the Internet,” Bruce said. “He pretty much solicited him online.”
A couple times a month, Crosby reportedly worked for the Pierce County Sheriff’s office as an investigator. Sheriff Pierce Bennett told the newspaper that he had terminated Crosby prior to his arrest.
The suspect is currently suspended from his job at Ware County High–where he teaches criminal justice classes–as the school board and law enforcement conducted their investigations.
“This gives us all a black eye,” Bennett told WJXT.
“As a law enforcement officer, it’s not just our duty to avoid evil, but also to avoid the appearance of evil.”
[Featured Image: Tracy Wayne Crosby/Camden County Sheriff’s Office]