Three Lakeland police sergeants lose jobs in wake of sex scandal
Two Lakeland Police Department sergeants have been fired, and another submitted her letter of resignation, following an investigation involving sexual misconduct involving nearly a dozen police officers in the department. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: July 15, 2013
Updated: July 15, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Two Lakeland Police Department sergeants have been fired and another submitted her letter of resignation after an internal investigation into sexual misconduct involving nearly a dozen police officers. Sgts. Rusty Longaberger and David Woolverton were fired Monday and Felicia Wilson submitted a letter of resignation, the department announced in a news release. Their departures are effective immediately, police said. Wilson's resignation came in lieu of termination, police said, as a result of an investigation arising from a letter sent from Polk County State Attorney Jerry Hill regarding concerns with her preparation for a jury trial and related testimony.
Each of the departures cite conduct unbecoming an officer and neglect of duty as reasons for the terminations. The investigation began after a civilian crime analyst detailed trysts with men in police and fire stations, patrol cars, motels and even in a parking lot after a memorial service for a slain officer. Sue Eberle, 37, told officials that she had consensual and sometimes coerced sex with the officers and a firefighter, and that she once was propositioned by a city worker in Lakeland. Eberle's accounts of the liaisons were largely corroborated by her sexual partners and others within the police department. Eberle, a married mother of two, is on paid administrative leave.