Rene Pedrosa, Miami mayor’s top aide, accused of sending lewd photo to teen

by Editorial Team

A top aide to Miami’s mayor and former TV news reporter is expected to be charged with sending a picture of his penis to a minor, according to a report.

Rene Pedrosa, who resigned Tuesday as Mayor Francis Suarez’s director of communications, was in police custody early Friday and being grilled by detectives about the allegation, the Miami Herald reports.

Pedrosa, 48, is expected to be charged later Friday with sending a photo of his penis to a teen through his cellphone or computer, a law enforcement source told the newspaper.

An incident report obtained by The Post alleges that a teen who was acquainted with Pedrosa told cops that the former local television reporter “solicited” a picture on Jan. 19. What he allegedly sought was redacted in the report.

“The suspect also sent a penis picture to the victim,” the report states, citing offenses including sexual performance by a child, possession of child pornography, soliciting a child via computer, and transmission of material harmful to minors.

Miami police spokesman Orlando Rodriguez declined further comment when reached by phone, saying investigators were only releasing the incident report early Friday.

“There’s nothing we can release at this time,” Rodriguez said.

Suarez, meanwhile, said in a statement to The Post that he had been notified that Pedrosa was in police custody.

“I want to thank the Miami Police Department for expeditiously dealing with this matter,” the statement read. “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. My thoughts are with the reported victim and the family and we expect the legal process to take its course.”

Pedrosa resigned Tuesday from his post after Suarez said he admitted that he was being investigated for “personal misconduct,” the Herald reported.

Pedrosa, who could not be reached early Friday, refused to respond to the allegations on Wednesday, according to the newspaper.

Relatives of the teen, meanwhile, hired an attorney who said Wednesday that an arrest in the case was “imminent” but declined further comment.

Miami Police Chief Jorge R. Colina is expected to hold a news conference at 1 p.m. Friday to announce additional details in the case.

Prior to joining Suarez’s staff in January 2019, Pedrosa worked for years as a news reporter at América TeVé-Channel 41, a Spanish station where he specialized in stories on local government and court reporting.

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