WTVT's Linger on leave after lewdness arrest
A spokeswoman for Fox says WTVT-Ch. 13 vice president and general manager Robert Linger is currently on a leave of absence from the station following his arrest Friday on charges of lewd behavior and exposure of a sexual organ.
According to the spokeswoman, Linger, 49, did not appear at work today, the first weekday after his arrest at the Fantasy Land Adult Video Store. According to Tampa police, Linger was among six men arrested Friday night for masturbating on the premises of the store; their report said Linger and five other men formed a circle around two undercover police officers and began the act.
What Fox wouldn't say: Whether Linger will ever be able to return to work at Tampa's Fox station, whether a possible return is contingent on how the police charges play out and whether the general manager's leave is with pay.
Hillsborough County prosecutors say they expect to receive the case at the end of the week, when they will decide how to proceed. The Fox spokeswoman did not expect an interim general manager to be named, at least initially.