Deputy Police Chief Charged with Sexual Battery and Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor

Mulberry, FL– Mulberry Department of Public Safety Deputy Chief Jody Beaudry turned himself in to the Polk County Jail today pursuant to a warrant for his arrest for sexual battery, a first-degree felony, and engaging in unlawful sexual activity with a minor, a second-degree felony.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) began investigating Beaudry after receiving a complaint alleging Beaudry had a sexual relationship with a juvenile female in the fall of 2004. The offense occurred while Beaudry was working as a supervisory uniformed Mulberry Department of Public Safety police officer and acting in an official capacity.

“Upon learning of the allegations, Deputy Chief Jody Beaudry was immediately placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the results of FDLE's investigation,” said Mulberry Department of Public Safety Chief Lawrence N. Cavallaro. “When allegations such as these surface, agency administrators must be prepared to take immediate and deliberate action, which is what the Mulberry Department of Public Safety and FDLE did in this case. The Mulberry Department of Public Safety, even under these adverse conditions, will move forward and stand strong on its commitment to provide our citizens with a safe place to live and work and to maintain the integrity of a profession we have dedicated our lives to.”

“Once the matter was brought to our attention, we conducted a thorough investigation, working closely with the Mulberry Department of Public Safety and the 10th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office,” said FDLE Special Agent in Charge Jim Madden. “Our department will continue to work aggressively on cases involving the sexual exploitation of juveniles.”

Beaudry has been employed at the Mulberry Department of Public Safety since 2003 and has been serving as deputy chief since June 2007. He is presently on unpaid administrative leave and is being held at the Polk County Jail without bond pending a hearing before a judge. The Office of the State Attorney Tenth Judicial Circuit will be prosecuting the case.

For more information, contact:

Lawrence N. Cavallaro
Chief of Police
Mulberry Department of Public Safety
(863) 425-1119

Trena Reddick
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Tampa Bay
(813) 878-7239 or 878-7300