Authorities in Florida say a state trooper has been arrested on suspicion of engaging in a sexual relationship with a juvenile girl.
According to WGHP, 23-year-old Riley Marcus Schwarz is accused of lewd and lascivious battery against a 15-year-old girl.
The suspect has reportedly been fired from the Florida Highway Patrol, where he had been employed for less than two years, according to an agency spokesperson.
Investigators reportedly became aware of the allegations after the teen’s parents found troubling entries in her journal, which they reported to police.
Among the alleged evidence collected from those writings was the girl’s claim that she and Schwarz had been intimate as far back as September, at which time she was just 14.
Deputies reportedly questioned the suspect about the allegations, later arresting him on the related charges.
Court records indicate he acknowledged the improper relationship after arriving at jail in the Land O’ Lakes area and turning himself in over the weekend.
As WESH reported, Schwarz remained behind bars as of Saturday.
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