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Palm Beach Shores EMT arrested, accused of having sex with 13-year-old

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(LANTANA, FL) – Officials have arrested a Palm Beach Shores EMT for allegedly having sex with a minor.

Police arrested Edward Leggett Jr., 40, of Boynton Beach, on Tuesday, charging him with two counts of lewd battery of a victim 12 to 16 years of age and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a child.

According to the arrest report, on August 1.  Leggett had sex with a 13-year-old girl who was a runaway from a rehabilitation facility.  The report also said he gave her drugs. At the time, Leggett was an emergency medical technician with the Palm Beach Shores Fire Department and the co-owner of a barbershop in Lantana.

The arrest affidavit said the child approached a Lantana police officer and told her she met a man on the street, who brought her to a barbershop he co-owned. She said that’s where she agreed to have sex with him in exchange for pills. The girl gave the pills to the police officer, who later identified them as methamphetamine.

After investigating, police said the child’s description of the car exactly matched the one Leggett was driving. Surveillance footage capturing Leggett and the car also matched the child’s statements. After obtaining a warrant for Leggett’s DNA, investigators found it matched DNA found on the child, leading to his arrest.

Leggett was immediately placed on administrative leave once charges were filed and is no longer an active member of the Palm Beach Shores Fire Department.

Leggett was given a $25,000 bond. The court also ruled he could be around children in his workplace but could not cut their hair. He also is not allowed to have any contact with the child or anyone under 18, except for his children.