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Tampa Police officer fired, accused of having sex with teen

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Brian Michael Morales, 36, was terminated from the Tampa Police after reportedly having sex with a 17-year-old student at Blake High School. Brian Michael Morales, 36, was terminated from the Tampa Police after reportedly having sex with a 17-year-old student at Blake High School.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

The eight-year law enforcement career of former Tampa Police Department officer Brian Morales is over.

Morales, 36, was terminated and is facing eight felony counts of sexual activity with a minor while he was serving as a school resource officer at Blake High School.

Investigators said the relationship began in late October when Morales, who is a married father, had sex with the 17-year-old girl for the first time after she checked herself out of school and went to Morales' home.

Over the next two months, they allegedly engaged in consensual sex in his home, his personal car and the victim's home at least eight times.

The last occurrence happened December 12th. Six days later, the victim's mother learned of the encounters and called the school. Officials from Blake then contacted TPD. After an investigation, detectives arrested Morales the next day.

TPD Chief Jane Castor said she was "specifically disappointed" with the situation.

"As we began our investigation that evening, information was made available to us that the officer made statements that if any of this was released publicly, he would harm himself", Castor said. "As a result of those statements, we Baker acted the officer that night. He was just released this afternoon from that facility and was transported down to the station, where he refused to cooperate. He was placed under arrest and charged with eight counts of felony with a minor and fired from the TPD".

Morales bonded out of jail at 8:49 Thursday night.

Castor said school resource officers undergo thorough background checks, must show an interest and aptitude towards teaching and said that keeping the school safe is as important as being a role model, while apologizing to parents and gave assurances the school is safe.

Still, she made no attempt to hide her disgust at what happened.

"He (Morales) certainly doesn't deserve to wear the Tampa Police Department uniform", Castor said. "He has not upheld the high standards that we all are held to in this department. And in fact, he has discredited all law enforcement. And then the fact that he was a school resource officer who deserves the trust and respect of the students that they oversee is just disgraceful".

A Tampa Police Officer is out of a job after he was accused of having sex with a 17-year-old girl.

The fired officer, Brian Morales, 36, was a School Resource Officer who was assigned to Blake High School. Officials said he had been assigned to the school for the past two years.

He was arrested and charged with eight counts of sexual activity with a minor.

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor says the victim's mother had contacted the school and said the SRO had an inappropriate relationship with her daughter.

The teen and Morales had consensual sex together eight times from October to December of 2013. The encounters took place in the officer's home, his personal vehicle and the teen's home. None of the encounters occurred when the officer was on duty, according to TPD.
 
Morales had been employed as a Tampa Police Officer for seven years.

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