COUNTY TO SUSPEND 'CHEATING' SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES
Sheriff's deputies who get caught cheating on their spouses or sleeping with another person's spouse in Pinellas County, Fla., will be suspended from work for the behavior, according to a Local 6 News report.
Pinellas County sheriff's Chief Deputy Dennis Fowler said he has seen so many cases of deputy-involved cases of adultery leading to 911 calls that he has decided to suspend deputies over the action.
Fowler said the suspension can be given to any deputy, regardless of whether they are married or single.
"It goes beyond just your individual relationship with someone else. It affects other people in the workplace, people's ability to do their job, and I think that is relevant," Fowler said.
Authorities said it only makes sense for law enforcement managers to send a message to their workers, that adulterous behavior is trouble.
If a complaint is filed, and the offender is caught, the deputy could get up to a three-day suspension from work.
There have not been any offenders punished under the adultery policy, according to the report.
((Watch Local 6 News for more on this story. UPDATED: 9:57 am EST February 8, 2006))