Polk County, Florida -- A Polk County Deputy has been arrested after offering preferential treatment to women he arrested in exchange for physical contact.
Detectives arrested Polk County Deputy Sheriff Julio Jose Garcia after two women said Garcia propositioned them to expose their bodies or allow him to touch their bodies in exchange for preferential treatment. Two different women reported this activity regarding Garcia on two separate occasions.
When confronted about these allegations, Garcia told deputies that he wanted to have a lawyer present and that he did not want to speak to deputies about the allegations.
Detectives conducted an undercover surveillance of Garcia on January 5. During the investigation Garcia was seen leaving his assigned area numerous times while on patrol without a request to his supervisor. Garcia later falsified official records by stating that he had patrolled certain areas at certain times when he was observed by deputies to be elsewhere.
Garcia was suspended on Friday, January 17 and arrested Wednesday, January 22. Garcia was given the opportunity to resign and he refused.
Sheriff Grady Judd said that employees go through extensive background check and training but sometimes people disappoint, adding "Garcia is not worthy to wear the Sheriff's Office uniform and he never will again."
Garcia was charged with unlawful compensation/reward for official behavior, display of a firearm during a felony offense and falsifying an official
record/document by a public servant.
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