Jacksonville, Florida – Chief United States District Court Judge Timothy J. Corrigan has sentenced Alejandro Carmona-Fonseca (49, Green Cove Springs) to 11 years and 8 months in federal prison, followed by15 years of supervised release, for attempted online enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity. Carmona-Fonseca had pleaded guilty on December 14, 2022. He has been detained since his arrest on June 6, 2022. Carmona-Fonseca had been employed as an officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO).
According to court documents, this case began when the Clay County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) received a report from a local gym about a gym member, Carmona-Fonseca, sending a nude photo to another gym member, who was a minor child - Minor Victim 1 (MV1). During an interview with CCSO, MV1 explained that Carmona-Fonseca had requested MV1’s Snapchat account, and MV1 provided it to him. MV1 told Carmona-Fonseca he was in high school. Carmona-Fonseca sent images and videos with his genitals exposed to MV1. At one point, Carmona-Fonseca sent MV1 a picture of himself in his police uniform and wrote “you can call me your police daddy.” At times, Carmona-Fonseca would ask for shirtless pictures of MV1.
With the consent of MV1 and his parents, CCSO assumed MV1’s identity over Snapchat and, on March 3, 2022, a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Task Force Officer (TFO)/CCSO detective began communicating with Carmona-Fonseca using MV1’s Snapchat account. The TFO confirmed Carmona-Fonseca was friends with MV1 and that location services were turned on in Snapchat. The TFO observed Carmona-Fonseca’s location numerous times during the chat. Carmona-Fonseca’s location showed him next to a JSO substation on numerous occasions, the areas where he worked as a patrol officer, near his residence, and near the gym he frequented. The TFO communicated with Carmona-Fonseca on March 3 and March 4, 2022. During those conversations, Carmona-Fonseca sent a video in his police uniform. He also sent one in which he was nude with his genitals exposed. Carmona-Fonseca also made several requests for nude videos of MV1 flexing. Carmona-Fonseca said that everything stayed between them and because it was Snapchat, it would disappear.
Further investigation by law enforcement also resulted in the identification of additional victims that had been exploited by Carmona-Fonseca over Snapchat.
“Instead of honoring his oath to serve and protect, this former law enforcement officer chose to use his position of trust to exploit the innocence of the very children he was charged with protecting,” said HSI Jacksonville Assistant Special Agent in Charge K. Jim Phillips. “Alongside our law enforcement partners, HSI and the Northeast Florida INTERCEPT Task Force will continue to aggressively target those who prey upon our children."
This case was investigated by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Northeast Florida INTERCEPT Task Force. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ashley Washington.
It is 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.