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Fire Rescue lieutenant resigns after arrest on lewd exhibition charge November 3, 2011

Brad Shelt’s $72,000 per year job as a as a Martin County Fire Rescue lieutenant just went up in flames, reports TCPalm.com in Stuart.

mug_Shelt.JPGA Martin County Fire Rescue lieutenant resigned last week after an arrest stemming from accusations he exposed himself online to an Orange County Sheriff’s task force official he apparently thought was a girl he’d met at a Christian youth camp, according to records released Tuesday.

In September, an undercover investigator with an Orange County Sheriff’s task force got a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children indicating the mother of an Orange County teen thought her daughter might have had inappropriate chats with a man.

The 15-year-old girl said she met Shelt at a Christian youth camp where Shelt was a counselor. She said he started to contact her through Facebook after the camp and started to use a webcam. She also said he performed a lewd act on himself during at least one of the webcam sessions.

“She said she tried to avoid talking to him about the sexual subjects and him showing himself on webcam,” Orange County Sheriff’s records state.

The task force investigator was allowed to sign on to the girl’s Facebook account, and on Sept. 20 the investigator started a conversation with Shelt. Shelt is accused of turning on his webcam and exposing his genitals.

The next day, the investigator signed in to the Facebook account and started a conversation with Shelt. Shelt again is accused of turning on his webcam and exposing himself. Shelt further is accused of performing a lewd act on himself.

Get the details at TCPalm.com in Stuart.

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