Broward County

BSO sergeant facing child porn charges commits suicide

Sgt. Kreg Costa
Sgt. Kreg Costa

The Broward Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday morning that Sgt. Kreg Costa, facing a pile of charges for illicit sexual conduct and child pornography, died at 11:27 p.m. Wednesday after shooting himself.

Costa, 43, shot himself in the head at his Sunrise home hours after being released from jail on $250,000 bond.

BSO arrested him last Thursday on 29 charges of child pornography and illicit sexual conduct — 12 counts of possession of child pornography, seven counts of using or inducing a child to engage in sexual acts, four counts of lewd and lascivious conduct, four counts of using a computer for child exploitation, one count of lewd and lascivious conduct and one count of transmitting harmful material to a minor.

The seven counts of using or inducing a child to engage in sexual acts comes from, according to the arrest warrant and BSO last week, Costa requesting a 16-year-old California girl he contacted online to record herself doing various things with her genitalia. This online activity is also the basis for the lewd and lascivious conduct charges.

Costa’s pretrial services supervision order states he was to be confined to be on 24-hour house restriction with electronic monitoring and he “shall not own or possess any firearms, weapons or ammunition.”

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said Costa shot himself while his wife went out to get food and check on their children, who were staying elsewhere.

“One person is responsible for this and that’s Kreg Costa,” Israel said.

After Costa's arrest, BSO said Costa’s coworkers in the Weston office noticed he spent night shifts in his office, not wearing his uniform belt and gun belt. The ensuing investigation, BSO said, revealed he was viewing hardcore pornography and going to incest-related websites on his county-issued laptop.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal