It’s pretty rare that a police officer is fired for any reason, but you’re not gonna believe why a Pinellas County sheriff’s deputy was fired — for making comments and asking questions that were sexually inappropriate to a 17-year old girl while investigating her rape complaint.
Paul Martin, a 25-year veteran of the Pinellas County sheriff’s office, was fired Monday for violating department guidelines with his comments to the teen and for improperly filing his report in the case.
An internal investigation found that Martin had asked the 17-year-old inappropriate and irrelevant questions as he interviewed her in July as part of an investigation into a sexual battery claim…
According to investigators, Martin told the girl he enjoyed going to strip clubs, and asked if she was sexually attracted to other girls.
Investigators also said Martin asked the girl specific questions about anal sex, although authorities said there was “no legitimate investigative reason to ask such a question.”
He also used profane terms to describe body parts and sexual acts while talking to the girl and admitted to telling the girl his ex-wife exchanged sex for money, investigators said.
The report also shows that Martin made an attempt to lift the teen’s shirt to see scars from where she’d intentionally cut herself below her bra line, although investigators said the scars were irrelevant to the sexual assault case…“Telling a 17-year-old girl who is making a sexual battery complaint that you ‘own her’ and that you ‘control her destiny,’ is contrary to all interview boundaries and effective police practices and this conduct violates agency policy,” the report says.
This is the third time in the last three years that this same officer was brought up on misconduct allegations and he had been found guilty of the two previous times and suspended. That includes having once handcuffed his ex-wife and roughed her up after finding her car at another man’s home, then lying to his superiors about it. And he still had his job to do this. You can read the investigative report here. It’s unreal. And this guy might appeal his firing. He’s lucky he isn’t in prison himself, which is where he belongs.