Lake County FL Sheriff’s Officer Offered Minors Money to Make Porn

RODRIGUEZ, JOSE

A Lake County sheriff’s officer was arrested Tuesday night after trying to convince underage girls to make porno videos in exchange for cash money.

Jose Rodriguez has been employed by the Lake County Florida Sheriff’s office for four years. He was detained at his house in Clermont, Florida on three separate counts of solicitation to commit sexual performance by a child. They initially found out about his conduct when it was reported by one of his underage victims to an officer with the city’s Police Department in early last month. The police contacted the sheriff’s office and the sheriff’s office started an investigation into the allegations.

Detectives discovered that Jose Rodriguez met with several underafe females while he was on the clock as a patrol deputy. He would then try to recruit the girls to come to work with him at his other job as a compliance inspector that verifies various businesses’ compliance with state tobacco laws. The teenaged girls were then used to try to purchase tobacco products at businesses in the Central Florida area.

Three of the girls who met with Jose Rodriguez while on duty as a sheriffs office told detectives that he offered them cash, if the agreed to make pornographic videos and photo sets. This took place from 2016 to 2019, while the girls were only 16 or 17 years old.

Detectives interviewed Jose Rodriguez about the allegations. He confirmed his employment and he also confirmed that he had recruited underage girls for that job while on duty as an officer. He decline to answer any more questions without an attorney.

Jose Rodriguez was booked into the Lake County Jail and his bond sits at $60,000 bond. He has been suspended during the investigation and now they are in the process of firing him.

See unofficial arrest record here:  https://www.rapsheetz.com/florida/tavares-jail/RODRIGUEZ_JOSE/20002443