A Fort Lauderdale Police officer identified as 29-year-old Louis Walsh, was arrested by the Broward Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday for engaging in inappropriate online chats with minors.
According to detectives, Walsh engaged in sexual conversations with who he thought was an underage girl in Minnesota. He also sent explicit photos of himsef to the “young girl” who turned out to be an undercover investigator in Minnesota.
Detectives said Walsh has been with the department for five years and works in close contact with minors by providing security off-duty at Cardinal Gibbons High School and Saint Anthony Catholic School.
He is also a wrestling coach at Cardinal Gibbons, which investigators said is a red flag.
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department released a statement saying in part, “The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is shocked and disappointed to learn of the arrest of one of our officers … The details surrounding these allegations are very difficult to hear and do not reflect the character and professionalism expected of the men and women of this agency.”
Walsh is currently on administrative leave without pay.
Walsh’s bond was set at $70,000. He was also ordered to not have any contact with minors, access to the internet and has to surrender his passport and any guns.
If his bond is posted, he will have to wear an ankle monitor.
BSO said if you or someone you know was also a victim of Walsh, they urge you to call 954-888-529