BARTOW, Florida -- A Polk County deputy has been arrested after allegedly sending lewd images and messages to a 17-year-old girl.
Investigators say the victim visited 40-year-old Mark Hicks at his home, where he allegedly kissed and fondled her over her clothing without consent. She told detectives she separated herself from Hicks and left.
According to a police affidavit, Hicks later used a cell phone to send lewd messages to the teen, including images of his torso and penis. He then asked the victim to send him "a pic of herself."
Detectives interviewed Hicks on August 23, and he allegedly confessed to kissing and hugging the victim, and to sending her the images.
Hicks was placed in a holding cell at the Bartow Police Department, where he reportedly took the waistband from his boxer shorts and fashioned a noose, then attempted to hang himself.
Two officers found him and administered CPR. He was taken to Bartow Regional Medical Center, where he was medically cleared. He is now being held at the Polk County Jail.
Hicks was a patrol deputy for the Polk County Sheriff's Office at the time of his arrest. He has since resigned.