St. Johns County teacher arrested in JSO sex sting

A St. Johns County elementary school teacher was one of 21 men arrested recently as part of an internet sex sting operation conducted by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and other agencies.


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

Parmenter is an associate teacher in a third grade classroom at Palencia Elementary School. He was arrested May 10 on a single count of solicitation of a child to engage in sexual conduct.

According to his arrest report, Parmenter carried on a conversation with a Jacksonville detective who was posing online as a 14-year-old girl.

Parmenter is said to have contacted a fictitious profile posted by the detective to a social networking site called MeetMe. He and the detective then conducted a “brief conversation” through the site before Parmenter “initiated a text message conversation,” the report says.

According to the report, the detective said she was 14 early during the ­conversation, but Parmenter continued speaking with her through texts, eventually asking if she had ever had sex before.

The report says Parmenter asked the detective if she wanted to “come over” for the purpose of having sex with him and when she said she was unable to drive or get a ride, he asked for her to send him nude pictures.

After “persistent refusal” from the detective, he “terminated the conversation,” the report says.

St. Johns County School District spokeswoman Christina Langston said Parmenter was placed on paid suspension May 9 after representatives from the St. Johns County and Jacksonville sheriff’s offices contacted the school to say he had been identified in the sting.

A letter to parents from Palencia Elementary Principal Allen Anderson — provided to The Record by Langston — said Parmenter has not been on campus since the district was notified of the investigation.

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

As of Monday evening, he remained in custody in Jacksonville, being held on a $200,000 bond.