Deputy charged with sexual battery on trainee
BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida deputy has resigned after being charged with groping a trainee.
A Polk County Sheriff’s Office news release says 39-year-old Scott Walker was arrested Friday and charged with sexual battery and false imprisonment.
Investigators say Walker was working an off-duty detail in Lakeland Wednesday when the male trainee met Walker to get help with his training. While the victim was sitting down, officials say Walker reached under the trainee’s shorts and underwear and sexually battered him. The report says the victim resisted, and Walker prevented him from leaving. Authorities say Walker became concerned when the victim began texting a friend and allowed him to leave.
The trainee reported the incident Thursday, prompting an investigation.
Online jail records didn’t immediately have a listing for Walker.