OVIEDO, Fla. – A 15-year veteran of the Oviedo Police Department is facing charges of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child, according to an arrest report.

Seminole County deputies arrested Joseph Meyer at his home around 10 a.m. Sunday, WFTV reported.

Detectives alerted the police department they were investigating Meyer around 3 a.m., authorities said.

According to booking charges, Meyer faces six counts of molestation of a child between the ages of 12 and 16.

Oviedo police said Meyer knew the victim. Moreover, Seminole County investigators believe this is an isolated incident.

Consequently, he’s being held at the Seminole County jail without bail.


“I know the public trust is easily lost and I just want people to be rest assured that the Oviedo Police department takes its mission very, very seriously and that we want people to know we don’t condone this at all and that we stand by the full and complete investigation and wherever it leads, we will stand behind,” said Police Chief Dale Coleman.

Meyer was hired by the Oviedo Police Department in September 2003, where he served in the community patrol division.

His last three performance reviews rated him as a “solid performer,” according to a news release.

Meyer’s disciplinary record shows he received a written reprimand for using a Taser on someone who was riding a motorcycle in November 2014.

He also received a 12-hour suspension without pay for horseplay with his Taser, shocking a fellow officer.

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The Oviedo Police Department placed Meyer on administrative leave without pay pending the results of the criminal investigation, as well as an internal affairs investigation.