Florida Highway Patrol trooper charged with having sex with underage girl

Credit: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Credit: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Authorities said a Florida Highway Patrol trooper is facing charges he had sex with a 15-year-old girl.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said Saturday that 23-year-old Riley Schwarz is facing two counts of lewd and lascivious battery involving sexual activity with a victim between 12 and 16 years of age.

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The Tampa Bay Times reported that deputies confronted Schwarz after the girl's parents found a journal detailing their relationship. The journal indicated Schwarz has been involved with the girl since she was 14.

The girl told deputies she and Schwarz had sex multiple times.

Deputies say Schwarz admitted to the relationship and turned himself into jail.

A spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol told the newspaper that Schwarz had been fired.

"The alleged actions are reprehensible, and the department continues to cooperate fully with the investigation," Capt. Thomas E. Pikul told the Tampa Bay Times.

Online court records showed no attorney for Schwarz, who remained in jail Saturday afternoon.

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