Former Military Policeman of the year arrested for enticing student to make child porn

Staff Sgt. Danilo Fernandez III, 241st Military Police Detachment at Fort Meade stands with Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, U.S. Army Military District of Washington commanding general and Sgt. Maj. David O. Turnbull, MDW command sergeant major, after being recognized as the Military Police Officer of the Year for MDW during a ceremony at Fort Lesley J. McNair, March 25, 2014. (Photo Credit: Mr. George Markfelder )

A US Army recruiter in South Florida has been arrested on federal child pornography charges after allegedly soliciting illegal content from a 17-year-old girl on Snapchat.

Staff Sergeant Danilo Fernandez II was arrested by the FBI on charges of attempted production of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity.

The military police officer was assigned as a recruiter in Stuart, which visited  Palm Beach County-based William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens.

Before becoming a recruiter, while serving in the 241st Military Police Detachment at Fort Meade, he was awarded the 2013 Military Police Officer of the Year for the Military District of Washington.

Palm Beach County School District authorities were tipped off to Fernandez’s alleged behavior after a female student said she and Fernandez exchanged messages through the Snapchat social media app, as well as unwanted sexual contact while she was a minor.

In addition to Palm Beach County school district and the FBI, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office conducted a forensic exam of the victim’s telephone and Snapchat, showing that Fernandez was requesting explicit videos.

The teen told investigators about establishing a relationship with Fernandez from October through December 207, while the teen at was 17 years old.  According to the criminal complaint, the teen sent him multiple videos of sexual acts.

The complaint also alleges Fernandez touched the teen in an inappropriate manner during a drive back from the recruiting office in Stuart, Florida.

According to the Palm Beach Post, the former MP of the year could face life imprisonment in federal prison for his crimes, including around $765,000 in fines.

The New York City native became a soldier on September 11, 2001 and re-enlisted indefinitely at the World Trade Center Memorial site in 2013.

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