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Palm Beach Sergeant Arrested On Sex-Related Charges

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(Source: Palm Beach Sheriff's Office)

(Source: Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office)

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PALM BEACH (CBSMiami) – A veteran Palm Beach sergeant, with an alleged “foot fetish” is facing charges after officials said he used a police-issued video camera to record a teen girl.

Palm Beach Sheriff’s Sgt. Mario Pradere, 50, was arrested Thursday on allegations of lewd conduct and video voyeurism, as reported by the Palm Beach Post.

The arrest report states that Pradere massaged the feet of a teenage girl while touching himself. The girl also alleged that he hid a department-issued video camera in her bedroom that recorded her while she undressed.

Police say Pradere later admitted to fondling the girl’s feet and videotaping her. Authorities say the sergeant said his behavior resulted from a “fetish.”

On Friday, Pradere’s attorney said, quote, “People get arrested all the time, and they’re presumed innocent. In Mr. Pradere’s case, it’s no different.”

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