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Florida Polytechic officer resigns after arrest on charges of stalking, sexual battery, extortion

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) - A Florida Polytechnic Police Department officer has resigned from his position after he was arrested on charges of sexual battery, extortion and aggravated stalking.

Winfred "Carl" Stocks, Jr., 57, of Auburndale, was arrested Thursday.

Detectives say the victim told a Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputy that the allegations had been happening since the fall of 2012.

The victim produced hundreds of text messages from the past six months, according to deputies.

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 secretly acquired.

The affidavit also says Stocks also repeatedly harassed and cyberstalked the victim by text messaging.

"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,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

"We’re like brothers. So, all of this news right now it’s just totally shocking for me right now," said Stocks brother-in-law Anthony Alexander.

"If it’s true, then I totally don’t know my brother-in-law, if that’s the case."

Carl Stocks had been employed by Florida Polytech University for two years and resigned from the university at the time of his arrest. He had previously retired from the Nashville (TN) Metro Police 
Department where he worked from 1994 to 2011.

A spokesperson from Florida Polytechnic University released a statement, saying,

We are aware that former Florida Polytechnic University police officer Winfred “Carl” Stocks, Jr. was arrested on several domestic charges. Stocks no longer works for the University Police as he resigned on Thursday, Jan. 10, effective immediately. Prior to being employed by Florida Poly, a complete background investigation was conducted by Lakeland Police Department as required by Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

We fully support the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and their investigation.

Stocks was charged with sexual battery with threat or force, extortion or threats and domestic aggravated stalking.


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