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Florida Family Investigator Resigns

May 3, 2006

PLANTATION KEY, Fla. (AP) _ An investigator for the Florida Department of Children and Families resigned after being accused of grabbing his genitals in front of two adults and a 3-year old boy, a department official said.

Stephen Schwarz visited the home of a woman in April to investigate domestic violence allegations, the tenants told The Key West Citizen. While there, Schwarz told a male tenant that he would have to take a drug test.

When the man asked whether it was true someone would watch, Schwarz unzipped his pants, grabbed his genitals and made graphic remarks, the tenants said.

``When confronted with the department’s concerns regarding the allegations, the employee chose″ to resign Friday, said Flora Beal, a department spokeswoman.

The woman also accused Schwarz of scaring one of her daughters at school by demanding to know the whereabouts of the girl’s father. A judge ordered him not to contact the woman or her children or to come within 500 feet of their home.

A phone number for Schwarz could not be found Wednesday.

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