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Palm Coast Monday, Apr. 26, 2021 1 year ago

FCSO disciplines two deputies in misconduct cases

The FCSO demoted former detective Mark Moy over domestic violence allegations, and served a detention deputy with a one-day suspension for speaking improperly to an inmate.
by: Jonathan Simmons Senior Editor

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office has demoted one deputy and given another a one-day suspension over unrelated misconduct cases. 

Mark Moy, formerly a detective and corporal, has been place on disciplinary probation and stripped of his law enforcement status in connection with a domestic violence charge. 

May had been with the Sheriff's Office for 14 years at the time of his misdemeanor domestic battery arrest in February.

He signed a deferred prosecution agreement with the State Attorney's Office, agreeing to complete an 8-hour anger management class and an evaluation for substance abuse, and the prosecution dropped the charge. 

Moy acknowledged to the Sheriff's office that he had slapped his daughter while he was drinking and that he'd initially lied about it to deputies, telling internal investigators that he'd been "taken aback" when deputies arrived at his home, and had panicked.

"I don't think words can express how sorry I am that I have bought disgrace to this agency," Moy said, according to an internal investigation report. "I've been employed here for 14 years and I have never had any form of discipline. ... I believe that I have excelled and continue to do great things for this agency and I am really sorry that I have disgraced this agency."

Moy requested expedited discipline from the Sheriff's Office, which placed him on a 12-month disciplinary probation, reassigned him to the non-sworn position of digital forensic analyst and suspended him without pay for two months, according to the internal investigation report.

He's also required to undergo a substance abuse evaluation and provide evidence of any recommended treatment, and must pay $20 to Crime Stoppers and $100 to the State Attorney's Office for the cost of prosecution.

The second case involved Detention Cpl. Peter Descartes, who has been employed by the FCSO for 18 years.

An inmate alleged that Descartes, who is black, had called him the N-word during the detention's meal service. 

The inmate said that he'd asked Descartes for a styrofoam cup, and Descartes had said no. The inmate then called Descartes "nasty," and Descartes had replied by calling the inmate a "thirst n-----," the inmate said in a complaint. 

Investigators interviewed four other inmates who also said they'd heard Descartes use the slur.

But Descartes said he'd used said "knucka," short for "knucklehead," and not the N-word, and hadn't given the inmate a cup because the inmate hadn't brought a cup to exchange, as required. 

Descartes "was adamant that he did not and would not use that term at any time," but did take responsibility for engaging in an "unprofessional verbal exchange," according to an internal investigation report.  

An internal investigation did not find that Descartes used the racial slur, but did find that the interaction was "less than professional and should not have occurred," according to the report. 

Descartes was suspended for 24 hours without pay, with the time to come out of his annual leave accrual.







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