A former detective with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department is accused of having a sexual relationship with a teen boy.
Ryan Shomaker, 45, Washington, is charged in Jefferson County Associate Circuit Court with first-degree statutory sodomy, deviant sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 14. He turned himself in to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Wednesday and is being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond.
According to the probable cause statement filed by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Shomaker first met with the victim when the boy was 13 years old. They met through a phone app.
Shomaker was employed as an officer at the Byrnes Mill Police Department until Oct. 31, 2018.
He resigned from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department in 2010 after working there for about 13 years as a road deputy and detective, according to Sheriff Steve Pelton.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Shomaker claimed he thought the boy was 17 to 18 years old when the two met.
However, Shomaker admitted to having a relationship with the boy for the last two years, which would have made the boy a maximum of 16 years old during the sexual encounters, the probable cause statement reads.
Further statements made by Shomaker about his knowledge of the boy’s age contradict evidence obtained by investigators, including phone messages.
The documents further state Shomaker would not comment to detectives on the nature of the relationship, but he stated the boy is a “friend.”
Authorities allege in the first meeting, Shomaker picked the victim up near a neighborhood in Jefferson County and took the victim to his home in Washington.
Shomaker picked the boy up a second time three days later and drove to a nearby parking lot in House Springs.
During the relationship the boy stayed at Shomaker’s home for several days at a time. The teen allegedly told Shomaker he was not 18 years old.
Authorities said the boy stayed with Shomaker at his home several times.
The boy also has stolen Shomaker’s vehicle while staying at his home so that the boy could get to school on time.
According to the probable cause statement, the victim knew intimate details about Shomaker’s family, work and health history. A search of the boy’s high school attendance records coincides with his accounts that Shomaker prevented him from attending high school classes.
A family member of Shomaker’s confronted the suspect about the age of the victim, police said.
Detectives further allege Shomaker had met with the boy after the investigation was underway.
The Jefferson County investigation was initiated at the request of Byrnes Mill Police Chief Frank Selvaggio.
“This type of allegation undermines the professionalism and integrity of every police officer that is working to serve their community,” said Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak.
According to Pelton, there is not currently an investigation regarding Shomaker in Franklin County.