Misconduct in JSO on the rise

Records show 7 cases in less than 3 years

Published On: Nov 21 2012 10:52:12 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 22 2012 01:39:30 AM EST

A Channel 4 investigation found allegations of misconduct within The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office are on the rise.

Records show seven cases between February 2010 and November 2012. The allegations include solicitation of prostitution, using threatening language about President Obama and providing names of undercover officers to drug dealers.

In October 2011, former JSO civilian employee Kenitra Casper pleaded guilty to 12 counts of providing photos and other information about undercover narcotics officers to drug dealers.

In August 2012, former corrections officer James Mock pleaded guilty to selling an undercover officer 80 pills. The undercover officer made contact with Mock by phone and was told to meet at the Burger King at Market and State streets downtown, authorities said.

Last week, detective Sam Koivisto resigned after he was accused of threatening the president and members of the Democratic Party during the week of the election.

On Tuesday, JSO called a news conference to announce Officer David Sumlin had been charged with soliciting a prostitute. Sumlin turned in his resignation on the same day.

JSO undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt discussed the increase in misconduct at a news conference Wednesday.

"I've been undersheriff a year and a half. We've arrested four to five employees... Terminated multiple. On duty or off duty, I don't care...police officers are held to higher standard," he said.

Channel 4 Crime Analyst Ken Jefferson said the number of troubled JSO employees as of late seems high.

"It's actually more. Seems like more than years past. You have your occasional misconduct that would not get much exposure. But to have this many officers, that's a large number," Jefferson said.

Jefferson said it's important for JSO to announce the arrest of one of their own to the public.

"They don't want to give the perception that they're holding back anything when an officer is arrested. They want to be proactive in getting information out," Jefferson said.