It is amazing how the news can cycle from one extreme to the other. This week we are being told about a Summerville police officer, a school resource officer and a licensed foster parent, who has been charged with three counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in relation to child pornography. Carlisle Johnson Floyd was released on $30,000 bond.
At this point there is no indication that Floyd has actually assaulted any children and no details relative to what precipitated the charges have been released. Suffice it to say, his LE career is over. Most folks will concentrate on the fact that Floyd was a police officer at the time of his arrest. We suggest the reader conduct a little experiment. Head on over to Google and type in the term “officer charged child pornography”. Once you have been shocked by the number of articles you see, substitute “officer” with “teacher”, “coach”, “counselor”, “executive”, “lawyer” or “attorney”, “newscaster” or any number of the multitude of other professions in existence.
We were unable to find any accurate statistics regarding how many people who download or view child pornography actually molest children. The important thing for citizens to realize is that those type of folks tend to gravitate toward jobs or volunteer activities which will give them the greatest access to potential victims.
Does anyone remember former CPD officer Daniel William Hiers who gained the trust of a single mother and sexually assaulted her young daughter after grooming her under the guise of being a mentor in 2005-2006? He’s still on the run from those charges, as well as a charge of killing his wife prior to fleeing.
The best advice any parent can follow is to be very cautious when it comes to your children. If you trust, always verify, and even then, don’t trust too much.