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Joe Mendez: South Miami Police Detective arrested on child sex charges

MIAMI, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has arrested 47-year-old South Miami Police Department (SMPD) Detective Joe Mendez on 8 counts of sexual performance by a child, and 4 counts of selling, giving or serving an alcoholic beverage to a person under 21.

In June 2014, SMPD requested FDLE to investigate Mendez after a complaint of misconduct was filed by a fellow SMPD employee.

That complaint triggered an internal affairs investigation into allegations that Detective Mendez participated in inappropriate interactions with multiple underage female cadets in the SMPD Explorer program.  The allegations indicated that the interactions may have been sexual in nature.

Mendez was arrested without incident and is held at the Broward County Jail where he was booked on $42,000 bond.

Mendez coordinated the South Miami Police Explorer program from 2009-2014. Agents believe there may be additional victims.

If you have any information about Mendez or this case, please contact FDLE Miami Regional Operations Center at 800-226-3023.

The FDLE says the Police Explorer Program is a National Program where young adults participate in community events and projects while learning about crime prevention and law enforcement services.

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