Florida Man Admits to Sexually Abusing 9‑Year-Old Girl During Police Officer Interview

Florida Man Admits to Sexually Abusing 9-Year-Old Girl During Police Officer Interview
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A 26-year-old Flori­da man, Stephen Roland Bod­ley, was con­vict­ed last week of sex­u­al­ly abus­ing a child under the age of 12 after he con­fessed to the crime dur­ing a job inter­view to become a police officer.

Bod­ley was con­duct­ing an inter­view with the Apop­ka Police Depart­ment in 2021 when he took a voice stress analy­sis exam. Dur­ing the exam, he admit­ted to sex­u­al­ly assault­ing a 9‑year-old girl on three sep­a­rate occa­sions when he was 12–13 years old.

Accord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Bod­ley described the abuse as “play­ing sex games” with the vic­tim, stat­ing that she “did­n’t ful­ly under­stand what was hap­pen­ing.” He claimed he had a “lit­tle addic­tion” to watch­ing porn at the time.

The vic­tim’s moth­er said she had known Bod­ley since he was a baby and nev­er sus­pect­ed him of such crimes. The vic­tim ini­tial­ly said she could not remem­ber the assaults, but lat­er con­firmed Bod­ley’s account after he described the inci­dents in detail.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Bod­ley’s own admis­sions dur­ing the police inter­view were cru­cial evi­dence that led to his con­vic­tion by a jury last week. He is set to be sen­tenced on June 24.

This shock­ing case high­lights the impor­tance of thor­ough back­ground checks and vet­ting pro­ce­dures for those seek­ing posi­tions of author­i­ty, such as law enforce­ment. Bod­ley’s dis­turb­ing con­fes­sion dur­ing the hir­ing process ulti­mate­ly led to his down­fall, pre­vent­ing him from obtain­ing a job that could have placed him in close prox­im­i­ty to vul­ner­a­ble children.

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