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 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.
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.
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, according to Sheriff Steve Pelton.
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.
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