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A Collier County Sheriff’s Office civilian jail technician was arrested Monday, accused of sexually abusing two boys.  

Raul Cano Jr., 20, was fired Monday night from the Sheriff’s Office and charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of boys ages 12 to 16.  

Cano was a member of the Sheriff's Office since March 2018. The charges against him are unrelated to his employment with the Sheriff’s Office, according to the agency. However, no jail mugshot of him was provided, under a Florida statute regarding release of photos of law enforcement employees.

Because Cano was a civilian member of the Sheriff’s Office and not certified for corrections or law enforcement work, he had no arrest powers, said Karie Partington, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.  

A jail technician is responsible for preparing inmate intake records, ordering supplies for the jail, distributing snack and sundry orders to inmates, depositing inmates' money into accounts for them and charging inmates' medical fees, according to a job description from the Sheriff's Office.   

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Jail technicians also verify and clear the inmate count, receive money orders and property for inmates, respond to public inquiries about jail procedures and unload supplies for the jail, according to the job description. 

In addition to the criminal investigation, the Professional Responsibility Bureau of the Sheriff's Office  is investigating to determine whether agency policies or procedures were violated. 

“The justice system will determine the outcome of this case, but due to the heinous nature of these allegations, I ordered the withdrawal of this person’s appointment as a member of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said in a news release. 

In Cano’s arrest report, a detective with Sheriff's Office wrote he conducted interviews at the Children's Advocacy Center of Collier County after two teens told a third party that Cano molested them.  

The first teen, whose age was redacted in the report, said Cano picked him up, then grabbed his exposed genitals while driving him home in February 2018, according to the arrest report.  

Cano grabbed the teen’s exposed genitals a second time while driving him around Immokalee in June 2018, according to the report.  

The second teen, whose age was also redacted, told the detective that Cano picked him up July 7, 2018, and they stayed at a residence together. The teen fell asleep on a couch and woke to Cano grabbing his genitals through his clothing, according to the report.  

Both teens told the detective they knew Cano was employed by the Sheriff’s Office, according to the report. 

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