Another officer at Florida's Pinellas Sheriff's Department is accused of having sex on the job.
Corporal Curtis Kindle, a 40-year-old veteran of the department, resigned Monday after he was accused of having sex while on duty, WTSP reports.
WTSP discovered that, in the past seven months, two other officers were also investigated for having sex instead of protecting the public. Cpl. Gregory Burnham resigned in May and Sgt. Pete Kolnicki retired in August after being probed by the department.
For several months, Kindle allegedly met with a woman at her apartment in Palm Harbor, as well as the medical office where she worked, to have sex in a closed room, Sherrif Bob Gualtieri told the Tampa Bay Times.
In 2009, Kindle was named deputy of the year by Dunedin Masonic Lodge 192. When he was presented with the evidence, he immediately quit.
"The evidence was substantial," Gualtieri said. "I would have fired him. There's no doubt in my mind I was going to terminate him."
According to an internal affairs report, Burnham was investigated for allegedly being out of his patrol zone while on duty. He's accused of having sex with a woman he previously arrested, and showing up to her apartment several times between November 2012 and March 2013.
In a separate report, Kolnicki was investigated for allegedly disabling his GPS so his location could not be tracked while he had an affair on duty. Kolnicki was also accused of sending inappropriate and offensive emails from his sheriff's office computer to the woman.
When questioned by officers, Kolnicki's responses ranged from, "I don't recall having sex on duty" to, "It could have been possible."
Kolnicki retired, and will receive $63,000 every year for the rest of his life as part of a pension plan.
In an unrelated case, Deputy Cory Hughes, 37, also resigned Monday amid two internal affairs investigations. One case involved a "domestic incident" with his live-in girlfriend. The other involved the discovery of synthetic marijuana inside the deputy's home while he was being investigated for the first incident, Tampa Bay Times reported.
The department has seen a pattern of officer misconduct over the past few years.
In November, Deputy Paul Martin, 48, was fired after making inappropriate comments to a 17-year-old girl in a sexual battery case. According to the internal affairs report, Martin discussed going to strip clubs, used words like "ass," "tits" and "fuck" when questioning her, asked if the victim was a lesbian, and asked if she had ever engaged in anal sex.
During questioning, Martin was accused of telling the girl, "I own you" and "I control your destiny."
In July, Deputy Richard Stotts was fired after an internal affairs report concluded he had struck a handcuffed inmate in the head and neck for no reason. Stotts was also accused of yelling racial slurs in front of the detention staff during the incident.
In August, Family Support Worker Pamela Wilson was fired after she neglected checking on the health and well-being of a 5-year-old child that had been removed from a home. The child later died.
In May 2012, Sheriff Gualtieri fired four officers for "excessive loafing and idling." The officers were accused of disabling their GPS tracking devices before going home or other locations while on duty.
Sheriff Gualtieri estimated the four officers wasted more than $24,600 in taxpayer money.
January 12, 2014
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