Attorney for Florida city accused of molesting child, taking victim for sleepover and pizza

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Mar. 26 2021, Published 4:05 p.m. ET

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Authorities accused a high-powered attorney for the city of Jacksonville, Florida, of molesting a minor. 

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On March 24, the Atlantic Beach Police Department took Christopher Ambrosio, 48, into custody. Court records show the alleged victim is between the ages of 12 and 16, WJXT reported.

According to a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office report obtained by the television station, Ambrosio and the minor allegedly spent time together several times.

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The report claims Ambrosio and the minor allegedly met up in February and went to the gym, a pizza restaurant, and a grocery store before heading to the lawyer’s Atlantic Beach home for a sleepover.

The next morning, the report alleges, the minor claimed to feel unwell and left for home. 

A person unnamed in the document went to Ambrosio’s apartment later in the day, asked what happened and then contacted police, who went through texts allegedly sent between the attorney and the minor.

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According to the report, on March 23, Ambrosio sat for a two-hour taped interview with Atlantic Beach investigators and allegedly told them on multiple occasions that he knew a lot of police and was an attorney for the City of Jacksonville Beach, WJXT reported.

Authorities arrested Ambrosio and he was set free after posting $120,000 bond.

The Jacksonville Beach City Council said they had been informed about the arrest. 

“While we cannot comment on the details of the case or investigation, we are working to ensure continuity of legal services for our city,” a statement from the council reads.

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Jacksonville Beach Mayor Chris Hoffman said he was “very shocked and surprised” about the accusations against Ambrosio, saying the lawyer — who worked for over a year in his job that included assisting the Jacksonville Beach Police Department, among other city agencies — “has performed very well by all accounts.”

Ambrosio faces charges of contributing to the delinquency or dependency of a child, and lewd or lascivious molestation, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Department of Corrections online records show. 

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