PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - A mother's suspicions concerning her daughter led to the arrest of a Port St. Lucie police officer, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office. Thirty-year-old Myron Pratt is charged with 10 felony sex-related counts involving a 16-year-old girl.
Pratt was an adjunct professor at Indian River State College when he met the alleged victim who was a dual enrollment student, the sheriff's office said.
Investigators said their investigation began after the mother of the teen discovered racy, deleted text messages between the girl and Pratt that signaled something more than a teacher-student relationship.
Detectives say they discovered that in the past month the teen picked up Pratt from the police department on two separate occasions which led to sexual encounters. One time, the pair drove behind a church building off Tunis Avenue, according to investigators.
Pratt has been with the Port St. Lucie Police Department for 15 months after a stint with the Vero Beach Police Department.
He was a Port St. Lucie High School grad and served time in the Navy before getting in to law enforcement.
His personnel record in Port St. Lucie shows no formal discipline.
Pratt is charged with 10 felony counts and is being held on $320,000 bond.
Port St. Lucie Police Chief John Bolduc calls this episode an embarrassment. "This is unacceptable behavior for anyone and it's incomprehensible for a police officer to engage in this type of behavior." Mr. Pratt is on unpaid administrative leave pending outcome of investigation."An Indian River County State College spokeswoman said Pratt was a part time instructor who taught Intro to Criminal Justice at the Public Safety Training Complex. Had just started teaching in August. He's been told to stay away from all IRSC campuses.A sheriff's office spokesman said there's a possibility of other victims and they would like to hear from anyone who may have had contact with Pratt.
The sheriff's office said Pratt has legal counsel and has refused to answer any questions from investigators.