Detention Deputy Warned Inmate About Search, Sheriff Says
The deputy was fired for sharing the information, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
LARGO – A detention deputy lost her job after she admitted twice telling an inmate about an planned search, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Michelle Parsons, 48, had worked for the Pinellas County sheriff since Sept. 25, 2006. She was fired Friday (Sept. 21).
According to the administrative investigation, Parsons was working in a secure housing area of the Pinellas County Jail on May 12 when she admitted to having a conversation with an inmate disclosing confidential information to an inmate worker in regards to an impending cell search.
Parsons told investigators, “We started a conversation about something and it just slipped out saying we were having a shakedown.”
She then told investigators it had happened “twice.”
When asked why she disclosed the information, Parsons acknowledged she made a mistake and put security of the jail and fellow deputies at risk as a direct result of her actions.
During the course of the administrative investigation, deputies said, Parsons also admitted to the allegations of being less than candid with her chain of command.
As a result of the investigation, the Administrative Review Board determined that Parsons violated Sheriff’s Office policy.
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