Clay County father who ran for school board position and lost accused of trying to lure teen for sex

School board candidate now sex crime suspect

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — A former candidate for a Clay County School Board position was arrested Tuesday after investigators said he tried to get a child to have sex with him.

Aaron Knowles, 46, was charged with two counts of use of an electronic device to lure, solicit or entice a child to engage in an unlawful sex act and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said this was a joint investigation with the FBI Jacksonville office.

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Investigators said Knowles was accused of soliciting sex from who he believed to be a 14-year-old child.

The CCSO said Knowles tried to solicit sexual acts and asked for lewd pictures on multiple occasions.

The CCSO said its Internet Crimes Against Children/Forensic Unit, the SWAT Team, and federal agents raided Knowles’ Orange Park house Tuesday morning.

The agency said it seized multiple electronics from his house. Investigators said Knowles confessed before being booked into the jail.

The Clay County Supervisors of Elections Office web site shows Knowles ran for the District Two-seat of the Clay County School Board. He was defeated in the primary election.

In a post on Knowles’ campaign Facebook page, he wrote “I am from a family of educators and understand the vital role teachers play in our community” and “serving our community is an important part of my life.”

He also said he has been an official for high school football and baseball in Northeast Florida over the past 20 years.

Days after his defeat in the election, Knowles thanked his supporters for their votes and said he would be back.