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Nov 07 2013

Florida Deputy Fired. You Won’t Believe Why.

It’s pretty rare that a police officer is fired for any reason, but you’re not gonna believe why a Pinellas County sheriff’s deputy was fired — for making comments and asking questions that were sexually inappropriate to a 17-year old girl while investigating her rape complaint.

Paul Martin, a 25-year veteran of the Pinellas County sheriff’s office, was fired Monday for violating department guidelines with his comments to the teen and for improperly filing his report in the case.

An internal investigation found that Martin had asked the 17-year-old inappropriate and irrelevant questions as he interviewed her in July as part of an investigation into a sexual battery claim…

According to investigators, Martin told the girl he enjoyed going to strip clubs, and asked if she was sexually attracted to other girls.

Investigators also said Martin asked the girl specific questions about anal sex, although authorities said there was “no legitimate investigative reason to ask such a question.”

He also used profane terms to describe body parts and sexual acts while talking to the girl and admitted to telling the girl his ex-wife exchanged sex for money, investigators said.

The report also shows that Martin made an attempt to lift the teen’s shirt to see scars from where she’d intentionally cut herself below her bra line, although investigators said the scars were irrelevant to the sexual assault case…

“Telling a 17-year-old girl who is making a sexual battery complaint that you ‘own her’ and that you ‘control her destiny,’ is contrary to all interview boundaries and effective police practices and this conduct violates agency policy,” the report says.

This is the third time in the last three years that this same officer was brought up on misconduct allegations and he had been found guilty of the two previous times and suspended. That includes having once handcuffed his ex-wife and roughed her up after finding her car at another man’s home, then lying to his superiors about it. And he still had his job to do this. You can read the investigative report here. It’s unreal. And this guy might appeal his firing. He’s lucky he isn’t in prison himself, which is where he belongs.

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  1. 1
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    And, wow, there were no sexual and sexist overtones to handcuffing his ex-wife?

    It’s bad enough if he was kept on to do traffic patrol. They assigned him to investigate a rape?

    Fire the supervisor as well.

  2. 2
    Gretchen

    I have very little problem believing the “why,” but have trouble being convinced of the firing.

    Does that make me the biggest cynic alive?

  3. 3
    rpjohnston

    You’re right, I can hardly believe that’s why he was fired. I would have expected the other cops and possibly prosecutor to join in (the prosecutor, of course, would be charging her with making a false report).

    Progress!

    Is there a link to the news report?

  4. 4
    theschwa

    I would have been less surprised if the story was about a fellow officer being fired for blowing the whistle on this deputy.

  5. 5
    jnorris

    (T)hen lying to his superiors about it

    IIRC, a person lying to a police officer while investigating a crime is committing a felony, for hampering an investigation. So why was his lying to a police officer, his superior, about his own criminal activity, not a felony?

  6. 6
    DaveL

    I have to admit I found myself thinking “at least he wasn’t fired for reporting the guy who did all this.”

  7. 7
    Friendly

    “Rape culture? What rape culture??! If a woman is raped, why doesn’t she just go to the police?!!”

    This is why. But, curiously enough, none of the MRAs who are so quick to make that assertion in comments on other posts have tried to argue that here yet. Almost makes one wonder…

  8. 8
    Ichthyic

    Fire the supervisor as well.


    agreed. there is obviously a systematic problem in that department.

  9. 9
    Ichthyic

    Almost makes one wonder…

    don’t.

    few MRAs are ever going to read this page.

    instead, go post this ON an MRA site, and THEN see what kind of reaction you get.

  10. 10
    Ichthyic

    IIRC, a person lying to a police officer while investigating a crime is committing a felony

    correct.

    So why was his lying to a police officer, his superior, about his own criminal activity, not a felony?

    the better question is:

    Why has the DA chosen not to prosecute?

  11. 11
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @ ^ Ichthyic : Answer = rape culture?

  12. 12
    Ibis3, Let's burn some bridges

    Like other commenters, my surprise is that he actually was fired for this behaviour. My impression is that usually, this kind of thing is either accepted as SOP or swept under the rug.

  13. 13
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    At least he was fired for it. This is progress, right?

    … Right?

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