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Press Release - Inappropriate Incident

  • Written by  From Jackson County Sheriff's Office
Joc Calloway Joc Calloway

On February 22, 2019, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office began investigating an inappropriate incident that had taken place between an employee member and a student at Chipola College located at 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, Florida.  It was reported that Chipola employee member, 33, year old, Joc Calloway, had solicited an underage student through social media. 

The dual enrolled student reported the inappropriate incident to a teacher at Chipola.  The student reported that on January 28, 2019, Calloway reached out to him via social media where the two exchanged idle conversation.  After a brief, casual conversation Calloway advised the student they could continue to communicate another social media app which only holds the contents for a short period of time, usually seconds. During the text exchange between Calloway and the student, Calloway sent an unsolicited, inappropriate picture of himself to the student.  Calloway then asked the student to reciprocate by sending an inappropriate image back to Calloway.  The student declined and the conversation ended. 

On January 29, 2019, Calloway initiated conversation with the same student inquiring if the student would be interested in coming to Calloway’s house during the student’s lunch break.  Calloway proceeded to ask the student for a sexual favor in which the student declined and blocked Calloway from being able to contact him via social media.

During the investigation it was discovered that Calloway soliciting students for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts or having a relationship outside of school was not an isolated incident.  Investigators learned that Calloway had also propositioned at least two other students, one of which is now an adult. 

On April 16, 2019, after investigators confirmed that Calloway had knowingly seduced, solicited and/or enticed a minor to commit illegal acts, through the use of his cell phone, an arrest warrant was obtained for Joc Thomas Calloway.  Calloway is not longer employed with Chipola College. 

On April 17, 2019, Calloway turned himself into the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and was taken into custody without incident.  Calloway was transported to the Jackson County Correctional Facility to wait first appearance.  Calloway is being charged with one count of solicitation of a minor. 

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