SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. -- Former Sarasota County deputy Frank Bybee was sentenced to 15 years in prison for kidnapping and fraud Thursday afternoon.
“Judge Mason did an outstanding job today explaining his decision and the seriousness of Bybee’s crimes,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “Wearing a uniform and having a badge is cherished. If you take it lightly and exploit it, you deserve to be taken to state prison. I agree wholeheartedly with the judge’s decision and I am relieved that Frankie Bybee will no longer be able to victimize another person in our community. I would like to give credit to the detectives who worked tirelessly on this investigation and held one of their own accountable, as well as the State Attorney’s Office who prosecuted this case with a true commitment to justice.”
Authorities allege Frank Bybee befriended the woman after she called the sheriff's office for help.
According to the sheriff's office, a few months after Bybee befriended the victim, she called the office for help again, saying Bybee inserted himself into her personal life and was controlling.
The woman later was hospitalized -- during that time, it's believed Bybee then tried to get rid of the victim's dog on Craigslist.
Bybee was put on administrative leave -- and that's when the sheriff's office says he threatened to kill the woman.
At one point, detectives say Bybee sent an email from the victim's email account to her doctor indicating the woman was suicidal.
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