The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has terminated a probationary officer who had been working in that role for about two weeks after he was arrested Thursday by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

 

Officers served a warrant for Billy Roy Taylor, 43, and arrested him on a charge of sexual battery on a minor younger than 12, according to a Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

The details of the crime were not listed in the report, but a statement from Fish and Wildlife indicated it’s not from a recent incident.

“The FWC takes these charges very seriously, and although these charges stem from actions more than 10 years ago, their serious and damaging nature cannot be ignored,” Rob Klepper, public information coordinator for the commission, said.

Klepper said Taylor, a graduate from Sandalwood High School, had recently completed the commission training program and no questions about his past came up during extensive background checks or medical and psychological evaluations.

“The FWC had no indication whatsoever that Taylor may have been involved in actions of this nature in the past,” he said.

Joe Daraskevich: (904) 359-4308