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Deputy arrested for sending lewd texts to teen

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A Polk County deputy has been arrested for sending lewd messages to a 17 year old girl.

Bartow Police arrested 40 year old Mark Hicks after they received information that he fondled a teenage girl that visited his house on August 7th.  They say he also sent the girl lewd photos of himself and asked for a photo in return.

While Hicks was in custody in a holding cell at the Bartow Police Department, he tried to hang himself  but deputies were able to revive him. He also resigned from his job with the Polk County Sheriff's Office while he was in custody.

Hicks has since been transported to the Polk County Jail where he's being held in the crisis stabilization unit.  He now faces several charges including using a computer to solicit a minor, exposing a minor to harmful material,  tampering with evidence and battery.

 

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