School police officer sent sexually explicit text messages to student, report claims
Internal affairs report also says Juan Cecchinelli had sex toys in police car
MIAMI – A school police officer was removed from his position after he sent sexually explicit text messages to a teenage student, according to an internal affairs report exclusively obtained by Local 10's Jeff Weinsier.
Miami-Dade Schools Police Department Officer Juan Cecchinelli was removed from his position at Miami Jackson Senior High School after the student showed the texts to a teacher, the report said.
Local 10 obtained pictures of the actual cellphone texts from someone saved in her phone as "police friend."
"Don't you like having a secret admirer? Don't let them know you are chatting with me," a text believed to be from Cecchinelli said.
"Who my parents?" the teen replied in her text.
"I don't need any drama," Cecchinelli allegedly replied.
The student had apparently run away and was sexually assaulted. Cecchinelli was investigating that incident, but instead of helping her, he sent the following texts, the report alleges:
"You say it hurt like a mother!! LOL!!"
"You did it in the front or back?"
"If he knew his (expletive) it shouldn't hurt either way."
"I wanna be doing you, but you to damn young."
"I mean I offered you some (expletive) and you didn't want it so your doing good."
According to the report, the teen thought the texts from the officer were "weird."
Cecchinelli was removed from the school and questioned by investigators, the report claims. When shown pictures of the text messages and asked if he sent them, Cecchinelli replied, according to the report, "I don't recall."
According to the report, Cecchinelli also had sex toys in his police car, but he refused to say why. He resigned during the internal affairs investigation.
Many parents said they were shocked and disgusted by the allegations.
"We do not condone this type of behavior for our employees and hold our certified police officers to the highest ethical standards," Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Ian Moffett said in a statement Wednesday to Local 10. "Miami-Dade Schools Police Department took these allegations very seriously and conducted a thorough investigation into the matter, which included reviewing the incident with the state attorney's office as part of our practice with all public employee cases.
"Upon the employee resigning, we immediately flagged him from our system for future employment and sent all appropriate documents to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for action on the employee's police certification," the statement continued. "In fact, just today, the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission found sufficient information from our investigative report to have a probable cause hearing which may eventually lead to sanctions toward the former officer's certification."
Cecchinelli, who was a veteran police officer, had no disciplinary action in his personnel file dating to 2006.
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