Police Briefs 5/13/21

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 5/12/21

Man accused of being ‘harassed’ by GCSPD busted for selling meth near Spring ParkGREEN COVE SPRINGS – A man who complained to the police about them “harassing” him …

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Police Briefs 5/13/21

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Man accused of being ‘harassed’ by GCSPD busted for selling meth near Spring Park

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A man who complained to the police about them “harassing” him landed in jail after he sold methamphetamine to an undercover officer with the Green Cove Springs Police Department.
Christopher John Pelletier, 26, of Green Cove Springs, was charged with selling methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of Spring Park.
According to GCSPD, the agency received a Facebook message from Pelletier “who wanted to report that one of our officers was harassing him.” Pelletier said he noticed the officer watching him on numerous occasions around the city. Pelletier said on one particular occasion, the officer, along with other officers, were watching him at a parking lot. When he confronted them, asking the officer why they were watching him. Pelletier said the officer responded by saying “I don’t appreciate drug dealers.”
Pelletier told the officer he works for Uber Eats. According to GCSPD, Pelletier said “I have proof of me not being a drug dealer” and wanted to report this issue to the department before going to his attorney before going public with his harassment charge.
When the police department attempted to contact Pelletier to fully investigate his complaint, they found him at the Clay County Jail after being arrested by our Green Cove Springs patrol officers for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop on April 19. According to the arrest report, Pelletier was stopped after he ran a stop sign at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and North Palmetto Avenue. When the officer approached the car, he saw a glass pipe in Pelletier’s lap. A search led to the discovery of two crystal methamphetamine rocks in the center console.
Pelletier already was out on bond for selling meth on March 12 near Spring Park for the sale and delivery of methamphetamine to an undercover officer within 1,000 feet of a public park a month earlier.
“For the most part, our officers know who the bad apples in our city are. We may not always be able to charge them right away, but until we can our officers will apply the appropriate legal pressure. We will not tolerate anyone selling drugs in our City and will always do everything in our power to keep Green Cove Springs a safe place,” the agency posted on social media.
Pelletier remains in the Clay County Jail with an $81,008 bond.

Orange Park man sentenced to 27 months for viewing child sex on his laptop

JACKSONVILLE – U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan sentenced Robert Lee Martin, 66, of Orange Park, to 27 months in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for possessing images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children.
Martin had pleaded guilty on Feb. 6, 2020.
According to court documents, special agents from Homeland Security Investigations executed a federal search warrant at Martin’s home in November 2018, after receiving a cyber tip that an image depicting child sexual abuse had been uploaded over the internet from the residence. Martin was at the home and told the HSI agents that he has a problem and that he has been “fighting it forever.” Martin explained he keeps a laptop computer at his friend’s house that he uses to “look at the stuff,” referring to child exploitation materials. Subsequent seizure and forensic examination of this computer revealed that it contained more than 700 images and 8 videos depicting minors being sexually abused, including very young children.
“This child predator is now securely behind bars and our community is safer as a result thanks to the law enforcement partnership between HSI Jacksonville and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office,” said HSI Jacksonville Asst. Special Agent in Charge K. Jim Phillips.
The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Asst. U.S. Attorney Kelly S. Karase.
It was another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.


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