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A Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home on April 15 to spy on her and her new boyfriend, shouting through her bedroom window that he was recording them, according to Key West police. 

Alexander Morales Jr., 26, of Key West, was arrested and charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor criminal mischief. He was released from the county jail later that day after posting a $110,000 bond. His arraignment is April 25 before Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones.

But on Friday, April 19, Morales was back in jail after MCSO discovered he used his deputy status to look up information on the man dating his ex.

Three days after the burglary, Morales was arrested on four felony charges of illegally using MCSO computers for unauthorized purposes. His bond for these charges was set at $100,000. 

Morales had arrived at his ex’s New Town home in his patrol cruiser, police said.

A homeowner’s security cameras captured him getting out of the marked MCSO vehicle at about 1 a.m. and walking toward his ex’s home. Several minutes later, he’s seen running back to the cruiser and driving off.

Alexander Morales Jr./MCSO

Caught on security camera

The woman and her boyfriend told Key West detectives that they were having sex when they heard the bedroom window open. They saw a man open the window blinds and shine a light on them. 

The couple panicked and began covering themselves with whatever clothing they could find as the burglar shouted he was “recording everything,” police reported.

When the burglar broke the blinds, partially lunging through the window, the woman immediately recognized it was Morales. 

She shouted at Morales to leave. 

Moments later, Morales approached the front door and peered inside the house through the window at the top of the door. The woman had the porch light on and clearly saw that it was Morales. 

Morales asked her to come outside “so they could talk,” the affidavit states. She refused and called a friend for help. When the friend arrived, Morales was already gone. 

The only way to get to the woman’s home is through a closed gate on the property.

‘You’re mad that you got caught

It’s unclear in court records whether Morales has legal representation. He couldn’t be immediately reached for comment on Friday. 

Between 11:39 p.m. April 14 and the time of the burglary April 15, his ex-girlfriend received six missed phone calls. Three were from a blocked caller ID. 

While detectives were doing a follow-up interview with the woman, she received a call from a number that had no caller ID. It was Morales, police said. 

On the phone, Morales began to chastise the woman for having sex, calling her “disgusting.” 

She told him she didn’t know why he came into her home through the window. 

 “I didn’t come in nowhere, I opened the window,” Morales said. “Who cares, you’re mad that you got caught.”

When asked what he did with the video recording, Morales replied, “Why do you care? ….You’re disgusting.”

Detectives recorded the call on a body-worn camera. 

Morales also made a vulgar post on Snapchat in which he puts his ex’s full name, police said. 

Key West police later arrested Morales outside his home. Once he saw an officer approaching, he turned around and put his hands behind his back.  

On the day of the arrest, Sheriff Rick Ramsay announced that Morales was on unpaid administrative leave pending a hearing. 

“I am committed to keeping this community informed of significant events that occur in this agency,” Ramsay said in a statement. 

The Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Division is also investigating Morales. 

Gwen Filosa
Gwen Filosa is The Keys Weekly’s Digital Editor, and has covered Key West news, culture and assorted oddities since she moved to the island in 2011. She was previously a reporter for the Miami Herald and WLRN public radio. Before moving to the Keys, Gwen was in New Orleans for a decade, covering criminal courts for The Times-Picayune. In 2006, the paper’s staff won the Pulitzer Prizes for breaking news and the Public Service Medal for their coverage of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. She remains a devout Saints fan. She has a side hustle as a standup comedian, and has been a regular at Comedy Key West since 2017. She is also an acclaimed dogsitter, professional Bingo caller and a dedicated Wilco fan.