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13-242 Deputy Terminated For Sustained Charges Of Making Innapropriate Comments To A Minor During Investigation; And Failure to Submit Report

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

Deputy Paul Martin
Age: 48
Date of Hire: 08/15/1988
Termination effective November 4, 2013

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has announced the termination of a deputy for making inappropriate comments to a minor during and investigation; failure to submit reports; and as a result of progressive discipline in two previous administrative investigations.

The incident occurred on July 10 and July 11, 2013, while the deputy was on duty and engaged in an investigation.

The incident occurred in Pinellas County.

According to the internal affairs investigation, on July 10 and July 11, 2013, while conducting an investigation regarding an involuntary sexual battery of a 17-year-old girl, Deputy Paul Martin, was overheard by the victim making comments regarding his off-duty lifestyle which she described as “awkward.” In addition, during the course of the investigation and interview of the victim, Deputy Martin made wholly inappropriate comments with sexual overtones to the sexual battery victim. Deputy Martin also failed to submit properly written reports regarding this case.

Internal Affairs investigators have determined that in this case (AI 13-037) Deputy Martin violated the rules and regulations of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office; and violated rules of conduct toward the public.

This is the third case since February 8, 2011 in which the Administrative Investigations Bureau finds Deputy Martin to have engaged in misconduct. In the two previous cases, Deputy Martin received significant suspensions – an 88 hour suspension as a result of AI 11-007; and a 96 hour suspension as a result of AI-11-027.

As a result of the internal affairs investigation, Deputy Martin was terminated effective November 4, 2013.

The summary is available here.

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