Registered Sex Offender Arrested for Relationship with Juvenile

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

December 28, 2011

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office announced today the arrest of a John Patrick Kelley, a Registered Sex Offender, after an investigation in allegations he was involved in a relationship with a juvenile. Kelley was apprehended in Jackson County, Florida by the Florida Regional Task Force, comprised of members of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division and the US Marshals Service.

On December 26, 2011, deputies were called to residence of the victim by a family member, who had come home unexpectedly during the day and found Kelley, DOB 11/27/69, of 3307 E. Baldwin Road, at the home with the children while all adults in the family were gone. The family member discovered that Kelley had just been released from prison this past August and was now a registered sex offender in Bay County.

When the family member asked the children in the home about Kelley, she was told he had befriended them and was taking the children to local stores and buying gifts for them, all without the knowledge of the adults in the family. His interest appeared more focused on one of the children in particular and when questioned, she admitted that Kelley wanted her to be his girlfriend and that he frequently sent her text messages. Investigators also found a nude photo of Kelley’s genitals on the child’s cell phone.

BCSO Criminal Investigations contacted Kelley and arranged for him to come to the BCSO for an interview. Kelley fled to Jackson County and was apprehended by the Florida Regional Task Force. Kelley has been charged with Interference With Custody and Transmission of Harmful Material to a Minor.


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  • by BK Location: Jackson Co on Jan 2, 2012 at 06:30 PM
    Thank God an adult caught the guy hanging with the kids, a tragedy was in the making. Parents, you can't be too cautious! Watch who you leave your children with. He may be your good buddy, but he may also be a sex offender. Often, I hear, 'oh, he'd never do anything like that'. How do you know? In this case, the guy invited himself into their lives, sorry pervert.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 at 01:34 PM
    If I would have found a picture of some mans genitals on my childs phone,after I got the mans name and where he might be located, this man would now be missing his genitals. D*mn to h*ll these sexual deviant people.
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