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Ex-Carroll aide alleges misconduct, "sexual escapade"



 The Associated Press is reporting that a former aide to Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has accused her former boss of having an improper relationship with an assistant and secretly taping several conversations.

In an explosive press release last month, Carletha Cole--a former aide who is facing criminal charges for allegedly secretly taping a conversation with Carroll's chief of staff--accused Carroll of a number of wrongdoings, including "misuse of office for sexual escapades."

Carroll has flatly denied the allegations.

The AP has the story:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- An ongoing criminal case against a former top aide to Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll is transforming into a swirl of allegations about improper relationships, widespread illegal taping and other incidents inside Carroll's office.

The allegations, which Carroll denies, were included in a court filing made late last week by the attorney representing Carletha Cole, who was arrested last October on charges that she gave an illegally taped conversation with another Carroll aide to a newspaper reporter.

The court filing was made in response to a push by prosecutors to keep confidential information that Cole's attorneys wanted to use as possible evidence in the case.

In the filing, Cole contends that she witnessed Carroll and a top aide in a "compromising position" inside Carroll's office, that Carroll's chief of staff secretly recorded conversations routinely at the direction of those working for Gov. Rick Scott, and that the trash can at Cole's desk might have been deliberately set ablaze following an argument between her and the aide.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 3:30pm]


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