Tampa Police officer fired, accused of having sex with teen - WFLA News Channel 8

Tampa Police officer fired, accused of having sex with teen

Posted: Updated:
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.

Sign up for free breaking news and headline email alerts
  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

    Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:50 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:50:51 GMT
    Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.
    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out. 
    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out.  
  • Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved

    Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:35:13 GMT
    Loretta Maloy says she always expected to pay for the courses she took those several weeks, but thought $10,000 in loans just wasn’t right.
    Loretta Maloy says she always expected to pay for the courses she took those several weeks, but thought $10,000 in loans just wasn’t right.
  • New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:58:50 GMT
    Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photoSoldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo
     When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
    When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
  • NewsMore>>

  • FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

    FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:04 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:04:09 GMT
    The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.
    The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.
  • Silver Alert issued for missing, endangered Polk man, age 77

    Silver Alert issued for missing, endangered Polk man, age 77

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:02:12 GMT
    Robert Ringler, age 77, is considered missing and endangeredRobert Ringler, age 77, is considered missing and endangered
    The Polk County Sheriff's Office issued a Silver Alert Thursday morning for Robert Ringler, age 77, who is considered missing and endangered.
    The Polk County Sheriff's Office issued a Silver Alert Thursday morning for Robert Ringler, age 77, who is considered missing and endangered.
  • Squatters left dogs at soldier's house in New Port Richey

    Squatters left dogs at soldier's house in New Port Richey

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-04-24 14:49:54 GMT
    One of the dogs left at the soldier's houseOne of the dogs left at the soldier's house
    The house of Army Spc. Michael Sharkey sat almost empty early Thursday morning after two squatters said they moved out the day before.
    The house of Army Spc. Michael Sharkey sat almost empty early Thursday morning after two squatters said they moved out the day before.
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

    Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:50 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:50:51 GMT
    Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.
    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out. 
    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out.  
  • Woman claims pedicure crossed the line

    Woman claims pedicure crossed the line

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-04-23 03:45:39 GMT
    A Shreveport woman said a nail tech from Style Nails in Shreveport crossed the line during a pedicure, and that she has cell phone video to prove it.
    A Shreveport woman said a nail tech from Style Nails in Shreveport crossed the line during a pedicure, and that she has cell phone video to prove it.
  • Search halted for missing Gaboon Viper

    Search halted for missing Gaboon Viper

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-04-22 23:08:20 GMT
    The missing viper could still be out there, but the search has been halted for safety concerns.
    The missing viper could still be out there, but the search has been halted for safety concerns.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.