February 21, 2020

In the News

Miami mayor’s aide charged after allegedly groping, sending explicit photo to teenaged boy

A man who worked as an aide to the City of Miami’s mayor has been arrested for some serious allegations.

Rene Pedrosa, 48, was taken into custody on Friday morning and now faces multiple charges including battery, electronic transmission of material harmful to minors and possessing child pornography.

Pedrosa, a long-time local TV reporter, recently worked as a communications director to City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.

The child was an acquaintance of Pedrosa, according to the incident report.

The victim told authorities Pedrosa solicited a picture from them and also sent a picture of his penis to them on Jan. 19.

The City of Miami Police Department is expected to release further details surrounding the investigation on Friday afternoon.

According to the Miami Herald, Pedrosa resigned from his position earlier this week, telling the mayor he was involved in a “personal misconduct” investigation.

The office of Mayor Francis Suarez released the following statement after Pedrosa’s arrest:

“I have been made aware that Rene Pedrosa was taken into custody. I want to thank the Miami Police Department for expeditiously dealing with this matter. The residents of Miami deserve the highest standards from municipal employees. I will always work to ensure that my administration delivers accountability and takes action to uphold those standards. I have spoken to the mother of the reported victim and assured her that this is handled to the full extent of the law. My thoughts are with the reported victim and the family and we expect the legal process to take its course.”