Sheriff’s Office: FDLE finds no evidence of criminal misconduct in agency probe
An investigation by Florida Department of Law Enforcement has found no evidence of criminal misconduct by either Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott or his agency, officials said Monday.
“I have been confident from the outset there was no substance to the claims and I am glad we can call the case closed,” said Scott in a prepared statement that announced the FDLE findings.
The investigation was launched in May when 124 pages documenting complaints by former members of the Sheriff’s Office were handed over to a state inspector. Another 293 pages of documents were provided and four issues were identified for investigation including obstruction of justice, disclosure of an undercover operation, disclosure of the identity of and undercover officer and destruction of public records.
In each allegation the inspector wrote, “… it can be determined that there was no identifiable criminal predicate that would warrant investigation by the Office of Executive Investigations,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Thirteen members of the Sheriff’s Office were interviewed as witnesses during the six-month investigation.
Source: Lee County Sheriff’s Office