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13-061 Former Inmate Arrested For Perjury After He Falsely Claimed He Was Battered By Detention Deputies At The Pinellas County Jail

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Inspections Bureau
-Administrative Investigations Division

Chad Everett Nikolic (Arrested)
DOB: 01/04/1982
Address: 2001 2nd Street St., St. Petersburg
Arrested for Perjury in an Official Proceeding and Filing a False Police Report of Commission of Crimes.

What:
Deputies assigned to the Sheriff’s Administrative Investigations Division have arrested a former inmate for Perjury and Filing a False Report after he provided a sworn, court reported statement to the Sheriff’s Administrative Investigative Division (AID) in which he falsely alleged he was battered by a Detention Deputy and a Detention Sergeant at the Pinellas County Jail. The suspect alleged the incident occurred at the Pinellas County Jail following his arrest for disorderly intoxication by the St. Petersburg Police Department on October 7, 2012.

When:
The suspect was arrested on April 1, 2013.

The false report and sworn testimony was taken on October 30, 2012.

Where:
The testimony was taken at the Sheriff’s Administration Building located at 10750 Ulmerton Road in Largo.

Why/How:
According to investigators, 31-year-old Chad Everett Nikolic provided a sworn, court reported statement to the Sheriff’s AID in which he alleged that after being handcuffed and shackled he was left to sit in a holding cell. He stated that a Detention Sergeant and Deputy entered the cell and committed a battery against him.

According to investigators, while under oath, Nikolic alleged that the detention deputies picked him up off the bench, spun him around facing the wall, bent him over and ran his head into the wall. He further stated the detention deputies grabbed him by his feet, picked him up by his feet, held his feet against the wall and held him upside down on top of his head.

An investigation was conducted into Nikolic’s allegations. Another deputy, testified that he was able to see the Sergeant in the holding cell the entire time; and that at no time did he witness the Sergeant have any physical contact with Nikolic. He further testified he never saw the detention deputy physically approach Nikolic. A Pinellas County Jail nurse who examined Nikolic immediately after the alleged incident and two hours later- also testified that she checked his head and ankles for injuries and found none.

Deputies say following his release from jail, Nikolic  went to a local hospital and attempted to have a doctor diagnose him with a concussion. The doctor found no evidence of  a concussion.

Through their investigation and the evidence found in this case,  deputies determined that  Nikolic lied in his testimony and falsely accused the detention deputies of battery. Nikolic was arrested for the above listed charges on April 1, 2013 and transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident. 

The investigation continues.

Chad Everett Nikolic

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