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Woman at center of Lakeland police sex scandal fired

The woman at the center of a sex scandal that has plagued the Lakeland Police Department has been fired.

Sue Eberle was fired for being untruthful, according to a report presented by Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack on Wednesday to the city’s Police Advisory Commission. The commission was created to help the department move past a series of recent scandals.

Eberle was the civilian crime analyst who earlier this year said she had sex over a matter of months with Lakeland police officers and a firefighter in police and fire stations, patrol cars, motels and in a parking lot after a memorial service for a slain officer. In all, she had sex with about a dozen officers, she said.

Eberle had confided in a female officer friend, who initially doubted the stories until Eberle showed her some of the text messages and photos she had received from officers. She told investigators that the sex at times was consensual but officers had sometimes pressured her for sex. Other officers had sent her text messages of their genitalia.

Eberle, a married mother of two, had been on paid administrative leave until she was fired.

Nine officers and a fire inspector resigned during the investigation. A number of officers were placed on modified duty and administrative leave.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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