Former Clay County swim instructor arrested for unlawful sexual conduct with a child

Published: May. 3, 2021 at 2:33 PM EDT
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CLAY COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB) - A former swim instructor at St. Johns Country Day School in Clay County was arrested after an investigation revealed he had solicited a child online for unlawful sexual conduct.

In April 2021, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children and Forensics Unit conducted an extensive investigation involving a child being exploited online. During the investigation, evidence revealed 24-year-old Mitchell Bentz had engaged in unlawful sexual behavior with a child, including sending lewd images to the child.

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Bentz was booked in the Clay County Jail and is facing multiple felony charges.

He is being held on no bond until his first appearance in front of a judge.

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