Polk County, Florida -- A Polk County Sheriff's Office Detention Deputy was found guilty of involvement with illegal narcotics and a female inmate- who he was dating.
On Friday, February 22, 2013, the Polk County Sheriff's Office received allegations that a Detention Deputy was involved with illegal narcotics. Through the investigation detectives found that 24-year-old PCSO Detention Deputy Kyle Cothron had also been dating a female inmate for the past six months. The inmate, 20-year-old Stephanie Brown, is currently in the Polk County Jail on a Failure to Appear Warrant for weekend work release.
Reportedly Brown has a criminal history that includes 6 felony charges, 11 misdemeanor charges and 3 failures to appear. She has been charged and arrested by the Lakeland Police Department, the Auburndale Police Department, Winter Haven Police Department, and Polk County Sheriff's Office.
She has also been arrested on a variety of charges including possession of cannabis, possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, larceny, burglary, battery domestic violence, disorderly conduct, failure to appear in court, and violation of probation.
In November 2012, she was sentenced to 180 days of Weekend Work Release for a violation of her probation. When Brown failed to show up for Weekend Work Release, a warrant was issued for her arrest and she was taken into custody.
Brown called Cothron regularly from the jail pay phones during the past six months. When detectives questioned Cothron and Brown, both confirmed the on-going physical relationship.
A search of Cothron's vehicle revealed a prescription bottle that contained Trazodone Hydrochloride - an antidepressant which requires a prescription. These pills were not the medication that was listed on his prescription bottle.
Cothron then admitted to receiving Trazodone Hydrochloride from a friend and taking some of the pills without a prescription. He further admitted to using K2, Xanax, Ecstasy, and pain medication within past three years.
Reports indicate Cothron met Brown while she was incarcerated last year and he was working in the jail. He admitted to being present with Brown at several locations (not while in jail) where he observed her smoking marijuana, K2 and possibly methamphetamine.
Cothron also admitted to utilizing agency computers and software to determine whether or not Brown had a warrant. Once he learned Brown had a warrant for Failure To Appear on weekend work release, he provided that information to her to help her avoid capture. He failed to take action- having her arrested- after he knew she had an outstanding warrant.
No evidence of sexual activity between the two at jail facilities was uncovered by detectives.
Cothron was hired in 2008 and assigned to the South County Jail. He resigned his position as a Detention Deputy Tuesday night.
Cothron was charged with possession of a prescription medication without a prescription, misuse of confidential information, and unlawful compensation for official behavior.