Who watches the watchmen?: FHP trooper charged with sexual battery of 15-year-old

Who watches the watchmen?: FHP officer charged with sexual battery of 15-year-old
Christopher Michael Delrusso

26-year-old Christopher Michael Delrusso is a former trooper of the Florida Highway Patrol. He was recently arrested for allegedly having sex (child rape) with a 15-year-old girl. Delriusso is said to have previously cited the girl after the girl was involved in a car crash.

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Delrusso reportedly waited until the girl was out of the hospital before he got her phone number. He then texted and messaged the girl on Snapchat. The then-trooper sent the girl an explicit video of himself to the girl. The pair eventually had sex (again, child rape) in the woods near where she lived.

The girl lived at a foster home/adoption agency where Delrusso is said to have visited her twice under the guise of talking to her alone about the accident. One of the employees of the residence checked the girl’s phone and discovered messages between the girl and Delrusso. Delrusso has been fired from his position.

Normally, in a situation like this, I would remind parents to keep an eye on who your kids are friends with on social media and do a routine check of their devices. However, at child-placing agencies like this, even the good ones are sometimes understaffed and are unable to monitor every kid’s social media use. Not only that, but even a lot of parents wouldn’t suspect anything if a police officer asked to speak to their child.

As far as the trooper is concerned, it’s already reprehensible to use such a position of authority to coerce people into ‘having sex’ with you. It’s a whole other level of depravity to commit such a heinous act on a 15-year-old girl in a foster home. Yes, I do believe that police should be held to a higher standard since they are entrusted with keeping the public peace.

It seems that he’s not the first FHP trooper to get in this kind of trouble.

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