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Palm Coast Friday, May 26, 2017 2 years ago

Jail deputies resign amid investigation of sexual misconduct

The FDLE was investigating allegations that one deputy had sex with an inmate and that two other deputies covered for him, among other instances of misconduct. All three deputies quit.
by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

Part of the laundry room in the Flagler County Inmate Facility is out of sight of its security cameras. And according to an ongoing investigation, that blind spot was where a deputy arranged to have sex with an inmate.

Three Flagler County Sheriff's Office detention deputies resigned amid a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation into allegations that one deputy had sex with an inmate in the jail's laundry room during his shift. The two other deputies faced charges that they had warned that deputy about the impending investigation and lied to cover for him, as well as engaging in other misconduct.

The deputies were placed on administrative leave during the investigation, which was the first major internal investigation to occur under the watch of Sheriff Rick Staly.

“I was elected to bring strong ethical practices and leadership to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office,” Staly said in a Sheriff's Office news release. “This bad behavior tarnishes the badge and will not be tolerated under my administration.” 

The alleged sexual contact occurred between detention Deputy Bradley Gilyard and an inmate in the jail's laundry room on Jan. 16, according to documents from the investigation. The contact was brought to light Jan. 19, less than two weeks into Staly's tenure, and Gilyard was to be fired the afternoon of May 26 as a result of the internal affairs investigation. Instead, he resigned.

The two other deputies, Julio Vazquez and Jonathan Vitale, resigned earlier in the course of the investigation.

Although the FDLE presented its case to the State Attorney's Office, the State Attorney's Office declined to file charges against any of the deputies, finding the evidence insufficient to ensure a conviction, according to the news release.


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