BUNNELL, Fla. – A Bunnell police officer was arrested Tuesday night on allegations of posing as a teen girl on Facebook to get sex photographs of boys.
Michael Gerard Stavris II, 30, of Palm Coast, was arrested on two counts of computer pornography and child exploitation prevention act and one count of criminal use of personal identification information.
According to officials, Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents began investigating Stavris in December 2013 after receiving a complaint.
The FDLE investigation showed that Stavris created a fraudulent Facebook account posing as a teenage girl, according to officials. Agents said he used the fake account to solicit teenage boys, requesting sexually explicit photos after the conversations turned sexual.
Stavris befriended at least 30 teenagers, at least some of whom attended Flagler Palm Coast High School, according to authorities. He would also sometimes promise the boys sexual favors from the fictitious teen girl, according to the report.
Stavris, a sergeant with the Bunnell Police Department, was arrested at the Bunnell City Hall, where all of the government offices are located.
Stavris was booked into the Flagler County Jail on a $125,000 bond. He later posted bond and was released.
Stavris is engaged to be married. His future mother-in-law, Sherry Blevins, said that he is being framed for a crime he didn't commit and says that he is being set up by a jilted ex-girlfriend.
"I tell you this was all prompted when him and the ex-girlfriend broke up and he wouldn't take her back," Blevins said.
Blevins tells Local 6 the girlfriend's teenage daughter is the one who claims her identity was stolen.
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