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 March 24th, 2008  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces arrest of Winter Park church’s music minister for Internet sexual solicitation
 
This afternoon, the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Lake Mary Police Department and St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office arrested the music minister of a Winter Park church in Central Florida for Internet solicitation of a teenager, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

“Jack Aldrich (DOB 9/26/61), 46, was arrested at his home in the Seminole County City of Lake Mary late this afternoon,” Sheriff Mascara said. “He is charged with lewd computer solicitation of a child (a third-degree felony) and lewd or lascivious exhibition (a second-degree felony.) He will be brought to St. Lucie County and jailed here.”

Sheriff Mascara said: “Using the Internet to lure children into sexual encounters is a serious crime, and we will make arrests in these cases whenever possible.” He thanked the Lake Mary Police Department, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and Orange County Sheriff's Office for their participation and assistance in the investigation.

Aldrich is Director of Music Ministries of the First United Methodist Church of Winter Park in Orange County.

The case began when Aldrich made sexual advances to a person he thought was a 15-year-old girl from Port St. Lucie in St. Lucie County in an Internet chat room. The “girl” was an undercover St. Lucie County Sheriff’s detective.

Detectives this afternoon seized a laptop computer and a desktop computer at Aldrich’s home and a desktop computer at the church. Investigators will review the contents of the computers as part of the investigation.

Additional charges are pending.

The United State Attorney’s Office in Fort Pierce will review the case to consider whether to file federal charges against Aldrich.

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