Bay County Sheriff’s deputy arrested, charged with sexual battery

Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford announced in a press conference that officials had arrested a...
Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford announced in a press conference that officials had arrested a deputy on sexual battery charges and will be terminated.(Bay County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Oct. 18, 2022 at 4:33 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - 5:25 P.M: Bay County Sheriff’s Office sent out an update stating Anderson is currently on unpaid leave while his termination is being processed.

On Tuesday afternoon, Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford announced in a press conference that officials had arrested a deputy on sexual battery charges and is currently terminated.

According to Sheriff Ford, 21-year-old Matthew Anderson allegedly had sexual relations with a 17-year-old from the Junior Deputies and Explorers program with the sheriff’s office.

Ford explained that Anderson was a part-time advisor of the Explorers program, and when allegations came to light, officials immediately started a criminal investigation, and reportedly found evidence that led them to an arrest.

The sheriff said officials also believe some of these sexual acts occurred while Anderson was on duty.

Ford said while the investigation allegedly shows no other victims, it is still ongoing.

Anderson had been a patrol deputy since July 2019.