Non-Emergency: 727.582.6200

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

Who:
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

What:
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.

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

Where:
The incident occurred in Pinellas County.

Why/How:
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.

Comments are closed.

OMC Drop-Boxes

Operation Medicine Cabinet

Drop off your expired or unused medications during business hours at Operation Medicine Cabinet drop boxes located at two Sheriff’s Office locations:

The Sheriff’s Administration Building
10750 Ulmerton Rd.
Largo

The Sheriff’s North District Office at
737 Louden Avenue
Dunedin

More Information

When To Call

In Florida, simply dialing 9-1-1 in an emergency connects you to EMS, law enforcement, and the fire rescue.

The 9-1-1 system is for emergencies only – serious vehicle crashes, critical medical situations, crimes in progress, or fire.

Do not call 9-1-1 for non emergency transportation.

If you are unsure if your situation is a true emergency, officials recommend that you let the call taker determine if you need emergency help.

Address

10750 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33778

Mailing address:
PO Drawer 2500
Largo, FL 33779-2500

Phone: (727) 582-6200
Emergency: 9 1 1

Notice

E-mail addresses are public record under Florida Law and are not exempt from public-records requirements. If you do not want your e-mail address to be subject to being released pursuant to a public-records request do not send electronic mail to this entity.

Instead, contact this office by telephone or in writing, via the United States Postal Service.