Former school board candidate arrested for soliciting child on internetORANGE PARK – A former Clay County School Board candidate was arrested on Nov. 24 and charged with two counts of trying to …
Former school board candidate arrested for soliciting child on internet
ORANGE PARK – A former Clay County School Board candidate was arrested on Nov. 24 and charged with two counts of trying to entice and seduce a child on the internet for sex.
Aaron Michael Knowles, 46, also was charged with using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony.
According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI’s Jacksonville Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force said it posed online as a 14-year-old girl. Knowles called himself “Twisted Professor,” and he had conversations with the “child” named “Maddie” from July 23 to Nov. 9.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children/Forensic Unit and SWAT team joined with the FBI to serve a search warrant at Knowles’ home. Agents seized “numerous” electronic devices at his home. CCSO also said Knowles admitted to talking about having sex with who he believed was a child.
Knowles was released from the Clay County Jail after posting a $75,009 bond.
Knowles ran against Beth Clark and Carol Studdard for the school board’s District 2 seat. He was eliminated during the Aug. 18 primary after receiving 22.82% of the vote.
Clark went on to beat Studdard to win the seat in the General Election.
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