Published On: Sat, Jul 29th, 2017

Florida police officer William Kenna arrested, charged with having sex with teen girl

A Winter Haven, Fla. police officer has been arrested and charged with having sex with a 17-year-old girl. William Kenna was taken into custody Saturday morning.

Kenna, 39, who was hired by the department in 2012, was arrested after investigators learned of a relationship with a minor, now charged with one count of sexual activity with a victim 16 or 17.

According to authorities, Winter Haven police were contacted at 1:30 a.m. regarding the possible relationship between Kenna and the victim. The two were found together in a room alone at a residence, however they both denied any sexual act had occurred.

Winter Haven Police contacted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to conduct the investigation into the allegations.

According to an affidavit, the victim disclosed that she and Kenna had known each other for approximately one and a half years. She stated she and Kenna would discuss personal problems they each were having and would turn to each other when they needed advice.

She stated that over time she and Kenna became close. The victim stated that approximately four months ago, she and Kenna were at his Winter Haven home and while there, they had sex.

Both admitted the sex was consensual, according to the affidavit.


Kenna immediately resigned in lieu of termination.

“Our officers are expected to conduct themselves with honor and dignity and provide professional service to our citizens,” said Winter Haven Chief Charlie Bird. “The decision Kenna made goes against everything the men and women of our agency stand for.”

Kenna was booked into the Polk County Jail and is expected to make his first appearance on Sunday at 8 a.m.

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