Naples man engaged in child sex crimes while in jail on other charges, jury decides
A jury has found a Naples man guilty of committing child sex crimes while jailed last year for unrelated crimes.
A jury found 27-year-old Cedric Hagerty Patterson guilty of lewd and lascivious assault after a two-day trial that ended Wednesday in Collier County.
In June 2021, Patterson was arrested following an investigation by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Section, according to a press release from the state’s attorney’s office.
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The Correctional Investigations Section of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, which helps oversee the Naples Correctional Center, alerted them, records show.
Patterson, then 25, was in jail for an unrelated matter and exchanged about 500 emails and phone calls, many of them of a sexually explicit nature, with a 13-year-old girl, court records show.
His arrest affidavit says the “majority” of the emails were sexually explicit and detailed a prior sexual encounter.
Law enforcement contacted the victim’s family. An investigation revealed that Patterson had met the child on social media.
Patterson then went to a residence and committed lewd battery on the child before his incarceration.
When detectives contacted Patterson at the jail, the arrest affidavit says he was “apologetic and wanted to be honest” as well as change his life and be a productive member of society.
He was in jail on charges related to DUI and providing false documents to law enforcement.
Sentencing for the child sex crimes is scheduled for January 19.
Tomas Rodriguez is a Breaking/Live News reporter for the Naples Daily News and The News-Press. You can reach Tomas at [email protected] or 772-333-5501. Connect with him on Twitter @TomasFRoBeltranInstagram @tomasfrobeltran and Facebook @tomasrodrigueznews.
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