St. Johns County teacher arrested in JSO sex sting operation

Authorities have arrested a St. Johns County elementary teacher as part of a sex sting operation that targeted individuals believed to be soliciting children online.


At a Monday morning news conference Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams announced that 24-year-old Kyle Parmenter was among 21 men arrested as part of the sting dubbed “Operation Watchdog.”

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, he was arrested on a single charge of solicitation of a child to engage in sexual conduct.

St. Johns County School District spokeswoman Christina Langston said Parmenter was an associate teacher in a third grade classroom at Palencia Elementary School.

Langston said authorities contacted the district on May 9, informing them Parmenter had been identified as part of the sting. He was suspended with pay “immediately” pending the outcome of a district investigation.

Parmenter was hired in October and had a clean background check, she said.

He remains in custody, being held on $200,000 bond.