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Pinellas Deputy Paul Martin fired over comments made during investigation

8:40 PM, Nov 4, 2013   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- A Pinellas County deputy was fired for allegedly making inappropriate comments to a minor during an investigation, and then failing to submit a report.

An Internal Affairs investigation revealed that while he was investigating the sexual battery of a 17-year-old girl last year, Deputy Paul Martin was overheard by the victim making comments regarding his off-duty lifestyle, including visiting strip clubs. The victim later described the remarks as "awkward."

The following day, Martin interviewed the victim, where he allegedly made graphic comments with sexual overtones toward her. The Sheriff's Office says he then failed to submit properly written reports regarding the case.

READ: Report on Deputy Martin's dismissal -- GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING

Martin, who was with the Sheriff's Office since 1988, has faced several Internal Affairs investigations regarding misconduct, including accusations of domestic violence, false imprisonment, associating with a drug user and lying to his superiors. He had previously been suspended on two separate occasions.

But after this latest IA report, Martin's punishment is more severe; Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says the 48-year-old deputy's job was terminated, effective Monday.

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