Former Dunnellon High school resource officer charged with lewd/lascivious battery of child

A former Marion County Sheriff’s Office school resource officer was taken into custody Monday and charged with four counts of lewd and lascivious battery of a child.

Christian Linan, 34, was transported to the county jail, where he was being held without bond. Linan, who resigned, had been SRO at Dunnellon High School since 2022. He had been a sheriff’s deputy since 2016.

“Every day I have a thousand employees who work hard and do what’s right. So it hurts all of us when someone does something like that and casts a shadow on the good that do the rest of these deputies,” Sheriff Billy Woods said. said in a prepared statement.

“All of my deputies know the standards that I have set for the position of sheriff. In fact, they take an oath to uphold those standards and they know that I have zero tolerance for this type of action. I am pleased that the victim had the courage to come forward and let us know,” the sheriff said.

Sheriff’s Office Report

According to Staff Sgt. Thomas Tingue’s report, the victim, a former student and now adult, contacted the sheriff’s office to report that she and Linan had a sexual relationship. She said she was 15 years old at the time the two met and that he allegedly had sex with her at her residence in 2019.

She said they continued their sexual relationship until last year. Although the personal relationship ended, the victim said the two remained in touch and spoke over the past month. She said she decided to report what happened after speaking with a therapist.

February 1 and 2, Detective Caitlin Hartigan asked the victim. On February 3, Hartigan, Tingue and Sgt. Aaron Levy continued the investigation. According to the sheriff’s office, she told authorities the details of how they would meet. She told sheriff’s officers that during their relationship, Linan told her that he and his wife had separated and had a child. She said they communicated through Snapchat and she never told anyone about their relationship.

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