Former Charles County Deputy Commits Suicide in Florida Jail After Arrest for Sexual Battery of a Minor

July 6, 2018
Christopher Wayne Stufft, 49, of Clearwater, Florida

Christopher Wayne Stufft, 49, of Clearwater, Florida

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Florida are investigating the death of inmate, Christopher Wayne Stufft, 49, of Clearwater, Florida.

Detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit are investigating the apparent suicide at the Pinellas County Jail in Clearwater.

Christopher Wayne Stufft, a former deputy at the Charles County Sheriff’s Office was originally arrested at about 2:50 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, 2018. He was found at about 8:29 a.m. on Thursday, July 05, 2018.

Stufft was located inside of his assigned housing area within the jail at the time of his death. According to investigators, at about 8:29 a.m. on Thursday, July 05, 2018, detention staff found Inmate Stufft in his housing area unresponsive. Stufft was found with a ligature around his neck from items readily available to him in his cell. Detention staff called a medical emergency due to the fact inmate Stufft was unresponsive. Medical Staff performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on Stufft. Paramedics were called and responded to Inmate Stufft’s assigned housing area. Paramedics continued life saving measures.

Stufft was pronounced deceased at 8:47 a.m. on Thursday, July 05, 2018. Detectives say Stufft died from what appears to be self-inflicted injuries.

Next of kin has been notified.

Stufft’s criminal history did not show any other arrests.

Pinellas detectives charged Stufft after he had an inappropriate sexual activity with a 10-year-old female on July 1, 2018. The crime occurred at Christopher Stufft’s residence.

According to detectives, they became aware of the sexual battery on the 10-year-old child after the victim told her mother of the incident.

Detectives say Stufft was in a short term dating relationship with the mother of the 10-year-old victim. On the night of the incident, Stufft invited both the mother of the victim and the 10-year-old child over to his residence, for movies. The victim was reported to have just fallen asleep on the couch next to her mother and Stufft.

Investigators say the mother of the victim went outside to the back porch to smoke a cigarette. While the mother of the victim was outside, Stufft sexually assaulted the child and took sexually explicit photographs of her with his cell phone. Detectives say the victim discreetly told her mother of the incident. The Mother of the victim and the child left Stufft’s residence and returned home to call deputies. Detectives interviewed Stufft at his residence about 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, 2018. Stufft admitted to having the mother of the victim and her child over to his residence to watch movies. During the investigation, Stufft denied inappropriately touching the victim. Through various investigative techniques, detectives were able to determine that the incident did in fact take place.

Stufft was arrested at about 2:49 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, 2018, and he was transported to the Pinellas County Jail.

Detectives confirmed Stufft was a former deputy for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland from 2004 to 2009.

21 Responses to Former Charles County Deputy Commits Suicide in Florida Jail After Arrest for Sexual Battery of a Minor

  1. Anonymous on July 6, 2018 at 7:19 am

    Wonder why the news media has to mention that this guy was a deputy 10 years ago. They failed to mention he worked at Calvert County also. Who knows, maybe he worked at McDonald’s as a teen.

    • werwe on July 6, 2018 at 9:37 am

      Detectives confirmed Stufft was a former deputy for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland from 2004 to 2009.

      Last line of the article

      • Anonymous on July 6, 2018 at 1:30 pm

        I get that. But he was fired/resigned 10 years ago. The fact that he was a deputy has nothing to do with his crimes. Like I said, he worked at Calvert Co as well and that wasn’t mentioned.

      • Wayne Paupa on July 6, 2018 at 11:01 pm

        He was also a deputy in Anne Arundel County from 1991-2004

        • Anonymous on July 7, 2018 at 10:50 am

          Not true. He never worked for AACO.

          • Anonymous on July 9, 2018 at 2:04 pm

            Who Cares???????

          • Mike on July 11, 2018 at 9:55 pm

            I care. I worked there. Keep your perverts in charles

          • Mike on July 11, 2018 at 10:06 pm

            I care. I worked in Anne Arundel. Keep your perverts in charles

    • MongoWarlock on July 6, 2018 at 9:46 am

      Maybe they mention his past employment with the Sheriff’s Dept because someone who once wanted to protect and serve shouldn’t be molesting kids

      • Anonymous on July 6, 2018 at 1:31 pm

        No one should be molesting kids. Looks like we don’t have to worry about this guy anymore.

    • Appalling on July 6, 2018 at 10:24 am

      Once a cop, always a cop.

      • Anonymous on July 10, 2018 at 11:42 am

        So you think most cops are child molesters?. What a stupid statement from a very ignorant person LOL SMH. You’re a pos idiot liberal little bi###. Don’t call them when you need them but we all know you’d be the first to call for help.

  2. How ironic on July 6, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

  3. Anonymous on July 6, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Coward..

  4. Karma Lita on July 6, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Maybe he left under suspicious circumstances and they’re opening the door in the event that any other young alleged victim is out there.

  5. Nadine on July 6, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Wow as the saying goes. You really never truly know a person. I worked with Chris at the CCDC.I never would of ever imagined anything like this involving Chris. The last I chatted with him on Facebook was over a year ago. He said he was a air plane pilot for a private company in Florida where he was living. I do pray for the 10 year old. And that there were no others. I’m still shocked. And I also pray for his family he left behind.

  6. Anonymous on July 7, 2018 at 8:36 am

    They mention his past employment for shock value to get readers. Otherwise he’s just another pervert too cowardly to pay the price for his crime.

    • Anonymous on July 7, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      Believe me, although I’m not the Judge, I feel fairly safe in saying he’s paying the price!

      • Anonymous on July 10, 2018 at 10:03 am

        10-20 in prison would be more appropriate. I guess he was afraid to be Stufft.

        • Anonymous on July 10, 2018 at 11:35 am

          10-20 years vs. eternity, I’m not sure about that!

    • Chibbs on July 7, 2018 at 9:47 pm

      Word!