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Scott suspends Boynton Beach mayor accused of corruption



Boyton Beach Mayor Jose Rodriguez was suspended from office today and has been accused interfering with a child abuse probe involving his estranged wife's daughter.

From the Associated Press:

The mayor of Boynton Beach is facing corruption charges and has been suspended from office.

Prosecutors have charged Mayor Jose Rodriguez with unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior, solicitation to commit unlawful disclosure of confidential criminal information and obstruction of a law-enforcement officer. He was arrested Thursday and released on bail later that night.

Boynton Beach's city attorney informed Gov. Rick Scott's office of the arrest Friday morning. Scott issued an executive order that afternoon suspending Rodriguez.

Rodriguez's term runs to March 2013. City commissioners will have to decide whether to appoint a replacement or hold a special election.

Authorities say Rodriguez used his position to try to stop a child abuse probe involving his estranged wife's daughter.

Rodriguez denied the allegations in an email to The Palm Beach Post, saying the charges were politically motivated.

Click the following link to read Scott's executive order suspending Rodriguez and the State Attorney's charges against the mayor:

Download Rodriguez Mayor Executive Order

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[Last modified: Friday, January 27, 2012 6:52pm]


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