|Joseph Anthony Moss|
And what do you know, another perverted cop from Florida.
By Rene Stutzman
SANFORD — A former Orange County deputy who authorities say was caught in the act while having sex with a 15-year-old boy, today pleaded no contest in exchange for 15 years of sex-offender probation.
Joseph Anthony Moss, 47 of Orlando, pleaded no contest to the one count he faced, lewd and lascivious battery.
He was arrested in July after a Casselberry officer discovered Moss and the boy in the cargo area of a parked SUV, the boy's bicycle nearby. Moss jumped into the driver's seat, and the boy was found in the back, pulling up his pants, according to Moss' arrest report.
The boy told the officer that they'd had sex, that they'd had it several times before and that they had met on an Internet site.
Assistant State Attorney Gino Feliciani said Moss' DNA was found on the boy.
Moss said little at today's brief hearing. He'll be formally sentenced next month, but Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. warned him that as of today, he will officially be a registered sex offender.
Moss worked as an Orange County deputy for 12 years in the 1980s and 90s, much of it as a patrol officer, but his final assignment was at Cypress Creek High School in Orange County.
He was fired from OCSO in 2000, shortly after he was arrested, accused of having child pornography. According to internal affairs records, his young daughter found porn on the family's living room computer, something he'd given his children for Christmas a year earlier.
Investigators also discovered online chats in which he identified himself as a 17-year-old boy.
He was charged with possession of child pornography but pleaded no contest to a reduced charge — possession of obscene material — and was placed on a year of probation.
While he was assigned to Cypress Creek High, someone used his school computer and screen names to look at adult websites, internal affairs records show.
He was fired by the Sheriff's Office and later went to law school at Barry University's School of Law but was never admitted to the Florida Bar.
He did work as an intern then paralegal and investigator with the public defender's office in Orange-Osceola for three years, said Public Defender Robert Wesley. That job ended in 2008, Wesley said.