TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – A Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent who spent years in Tampa is on the wrong side of the law. Chuck McMullen chased and arrested men who exploited children for sex, and is now accused of victimizing young children who have already been previously victimized.
McMullen supervised agents in the Tampa Cyber Squad, sometimes appearing on News Channel 8 to announce major sex crime busts.
Investigators in Santa Rosa County arrested McMullen after getting reports from two 8-year-old boys about alleged criminal sexual activity. A third boy also told investigators McMullen had abused him.
One of the victims told a case worker McMullen touched him “downstairs on his private part.” When told of the allegation, McMullen began to cry.
An arrest report says he told another 8-year-old boy, “This is between you and me and to not tell anybody.”
McMullen has denied any sexual contact happened.
Arresting an FDLE special agent wasn’t easy for deputies. “I can tell you from a law enforcement standpoint, it is a difficult case to work because of the individual. But in the same token, we are prosecuting and doing the case exactly, nothing different than any other person,” Sgt. Rich Aloy with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office said.
A prominent Tampa child psychiatrist said if the allegations are true, the damage to the young boys could be lifelong. “All the children are scarred from this thing. Some do well. Some don’t. They need therapy,” Dr. Walter Afield said.
Afield has seen what kinds of hurdles sex abuse victims deal with. “The children are damaged. The ones I’ve seen over 30, 40 years who were molested 30 years ago, they’re now adults, have all kinds of sexual problems,” he said.
At the time of his arrest, McMullen worked as a special agent supervisor for the cyber squad in Pensacola — the same job he had in Tampa.
In the Tampa Bay area, he lived near Valrico. Investigators are asking anyone who knows about other potential victims to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.