A Jacksonville Sheriff’s officer arrested Tuesday for charges of child solicitation also was involved in the May 2020 arrest of a woman who says she was brutally attacked by officers at her home.
A press conference held Wednesday by Clay County Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff, Ron Lendvay, and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff, Pat Ivey, announced the arrest of JSO officer Alejandro Carmona, 47, on charges of child solicitation.
The situation was reported to CCSO by a third party during the last week of February 2022, Lendvay said.
The victim, 16-years-old at the time, told authorities that he met Carmona at the My Time Fitness Gym in Lake Asbury where the officer agreed to help the high school student with workout advice.
Carmona later asked the victim for his Snapchat, a social media platform where users can exchange photos and text messages—the messages, however, delete permanently after 10 seconds unless intentionally saved.
The victim agreed to an investigation with CCSO where his Snapchat account was used to confirm Carmona was the officer engaging with the minor. It is reported that messages, photos and videos sent to the minor included full-frontal nudity, confirmation that Carmona knew the victim was a minor and photos of the officer in his police gear and nametag.
Carmona was arrested on three felony charges, CCSO Public Information Officer Andrew Ford said in a press release. Online solicitation of a child, transmission of harmful material to a child and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
He was arrested and transported to Clay County Jail Tuesday and held on $100,000 which he paid for his release, Lendvay said during the press conference.
This is not the first time Carmona’s name has attracted attention, though.
Brittany Chrishaw Williams, 31, became a social justice advocate for police brutality after her encounter with Carmona on May 13, 2020.
According to police records, Williams called 9-1-1 after a JSO police officer pulled into her driveway and refused to leave, claiming he was “allowed to be there,” and was “checking his emails,” she said in a phone interview.
Williams, who is Black, called police dispatch to remove Carmona from the premises of her property. Upon arrival, though, more officers showed up and “surprise-attacked” Williams, holding her neck to the ground, detaining her and, ultimately, breaking her front teeth.
Bodycam footage was released during Williams’ trial where she was later found not guilty on all charges in September 2021, except for resisting without violence. It was reported that she kicked one of the police officers during the incident.
She is currently off probation and is in the process of appealing her remaining charge, she said.
“The officers admitted during my trial that they knew I called 9-1-1 and they were supposed to be coming to my home to help me, not arrest me,” she said. “They were supposed to make Carmona leave. I am the property owner.”
Williams, now an award-winning filmmaker, musician and social justice advocate for police brutality because of her experience, is relieved to finally see Carmona being held accountable for his actions and lies, she said.
“I have honestly been praying every day for almost exactly two years now,” she said. “I’ve been praying every single day for justice and now this news comes out as I am off probation and speaking with the internal affairs department.”
Williams has had several people come to her with their own personal complaints and stories about Carmona, she said. Most of them, though, never reported out of fear that they may lose their job, or end up in a similar situation to her.
“I hope that now that this man is arrested, it gives more people strength to come forward about their own experiences with him or other officers,” she said.
Clay County Sheriff’s Office is urging other victims to come forward by calling CCSO at 904-264-6512, or anonymously through First Coast Crime Stoppers at 866-845-8477.