Polytechnic Police Officer Charged With Sexual Battery On A Family Member

Lakeland, Fla. (970 WFLA)- A Florida Polytechnic Police Officer has been arrested for sexual battery, extortion, and aggravated stalking of a family member.

 57-year-old Winfred "Carl" Stocks, Jr. of Auburndale was arrested and charged with Sexual Battery with Threat or Force, Extortion or Threats,Domestic Aggravated Stalking.

The victim told  a Polk County Deputy on Wednesday, about the allegations that were said to be consistently occurring since the fall of 2012.  The victim produced hundreds of text messages from the past six months that showed Stocks displayed a control and influence over her and he frequently intimidated, isolated, and humiliated her.

"Carl Stocks betrayed this woman, and he betrayed his oath as a police officer to protect people. He systematically controlled the victim by maliciously stalking, threatening, and both verbally and physically controlling her for sex." - Grady Judd, Sheriff.

According to the arrest affidavit, Stocks used "force or violence likely to cause serious personal injury" to sexually batter the woman. He "verbally and by written communication, maliciously threatened" her into having sex with him by threatening to publicly share nude photos of her, which he had acquired surreptitiously. Stocks also repeatedly harassed and cyberstalked the victim by text messaging.

Carl Stocks had been employed by Florida Polytechnic University for approximately 2  years, and tendered his resignation from the university at the time of his arrest.  He had previously retired from the Nashville,  TN. Metro Police Department. 

Photo credit: Polk County Sheriff's Office

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