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Florida sheriff’s office workers fired in sex scandal

February 7, 2019

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Four deputies and a communications officer in a Florida Panhandle sheriff’s office have been fired for their role in a series of extra-marital affairs and lying about it.

Communications Officer Mikaylah Coone, Sgt. Justin Tisdale, Investigator Aaron Ethridge and deputies Austin Bailey and Matt Williams were fired last month.

The Northwest Florida Daily News reports that Tisdale, Bailey and Williams all had extra-marital affairs with Coone between September and November 2018, according to Walton County Sheriff’s Office internal investigation reports released Wednesday.

At the time, Coone was dating Etheridge. The reports say he was fired for making threats to two of the deputies after finding out about the affairs.

The reports say Coone, who wasn’t a deputy, also was fired for lying about the affairs during an investigation.

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Information from: Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.), http://www.nwfdailynews.com

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