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More details on Lakeland PD sex scandal

LAKELAND, Florida -- The 59-page report by the state attorney's office details in explicit detail the sexual misconduct by members of the police and fire department against a civilian employee of the Lakeland Police Department.

Among the more serious allegations are claims an employee was raped by Sergeant David Woolverton in her office. However, Woolverton denied the allegations and only admitted to having a sexual relationship with the victim.

Another apparent case of impropriety took place at the funeral of fallen officer Arnulfo Crispin in 2011.

The victim claims that she and fire inspector David Biven engaged in sexual activity in the parking lot of the reception. According to other testimony, the woman claims Biven sent her photos of himself engaged in acts with a sex toy.

Another troubling portion is related to Jackie Suggs, victim advocate at the Lakeland Police Department. The victim says she reported the rape to Suggs, who never reported it to higher-ups.

Suggs never gives a concrete reason for not reporting the incident, and is quoted as simply saying that the victim was a "grown woman."

While the totality of the investigation is expected to take months, a police captain, two sergeants, and the fire inspector have been placed on administrative leave, and two officers were temporarily reassigned to positions without police authority, according to Lakeland police chief Lisa Womack.

"We have to come to a quick conclusion as quickly as we possibly can. We cannot drag these resolutions out," said city councilman Howard Wiggs, who is also running for Lakeland mayor.


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