Florida, September 2016
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — A Little League coach was arrested Thursday after investigators learned he’d been using social media to find little girls for sexual partners.
Jason Cody Hughes, a 27-year-old DeFuniak Springs man, is a coach for DeFuniak Springs Little League, according to his Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.
Authorities received a tip Aug. 20 from a woman who said Hughes had tried to solicit her through social media to allow him to have sex with her minor children. Investigators learned he had two fake social media profiles and that he was offering mothers as much as $10,000 if they would help him hook up with their children.
Undercover officers found him online and actively engaged Hughes, who graphically and specifically tried to solicit a 10-year-old partner. He also sent the officers a photo that he said depicted a child performing a sexual act on him.
WCSO Spokeswoman Corey Dobridnia said the potential victims in this case were 9 or 10 years old, the same age as the girls he coached.
“We are contacting all of the parents of all of the girls that he coached,” she said. “We’re going to bring all the girls in, we’re going to talk to all of them. We don’t believe this is the first time he’s done this
“He’s sick,” she added. “He’s very sick.”
Hughes was charged with transmitting child pornography via an electronic device, directly promoting sexual performance by a child and using a computer to solicit parental consent.
“He was entrusted to coach girls who were in his target age group,” said WCSO Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “And in the most despicable and disgusting way possible, he betrayed that trust.”
“It’s not over,” Dobridnia said. “We’ve got a huge investigation ahead of us.”
Hughes was “cooperative and polite” when taken into custody, according to his arrest report.