LONG BEACH, Miss. (AP) — A former Long Beach police officer has admitted to having sex with a 15-year-old girl and meeting her for sex while on duty.
WLOX-TV reports 45-year-old Patrick Anthony Klis pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of statutory rape.
According to District Attorney Crosby Parker, the investigation began in April 2014 after the parents of a friend of the victim reported the alleged relationship to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators determined Klis began seeing the girl in October 2013 when the victim was 14 years old. Parker said the relationship became sexual after the girl turned 15.
Forensic investigators found fake Facebook accounts Klis and the victim used to communicate. Authorities also retrieved sexually explicit instant messages between the two.
Klis faces up to 60 years in prison.