CLEARWATER — A Clearwater police aide was arrested Monday and accused of sending inappropriate pictures to an 11-year-old girl.
Toby Lamar Malloy, 35, of Clearwater, was arrested after the girl's mother contacted the Clearwater Police Department regarding messages sent to her daughter via Facebook.
Detectives in the department's Crimes Against Children and Families unit began an undercover investigation. Detectives began communicating with Malloy through the girl's Facebook and email accounts and received sexually explicit pictures back, according to city public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts.
Malloy was arrested at his home Monday night and taken to the Pinellas County Jail. He was charged with transmission of material harmful to minors, a felony. He remained in jail Tuesday with bail set at $5,000.
According to Watts, Malloy met the victim at the Main Library downtown while he was employed as a police aide by the library system. He was hired by the city in 2010 and has worked as a part-time police aide, full-time police aide and part-time custodial worker. Clearwater police aides perform tasks that do not require a sworn police officer, like supervising children at school crossings, giving directions to the public and placing traffic barricades.
Diane Steinle can be reached at (727) 445-4152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.