A South Florida detective who oversaw a youth police program has been arrested on accusations of engaging in sex acts with young girls.
Florida Department of Law officials had been investigating 47-year-old South Miami Police Detective Joe Mendez after a complaint alleged that he had sexual interactions with multiple female cadets.
Mendez was arrested without incident Tuesday and was charged with eight counts of sexual performance by a minor and four counts of selling, giving or serving an alcoholic beverage to a person under 21. He is being held on a $42,000 bond. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney to comment on the case.