Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Fired Pasco deputy gets 10 days in jail for sending nude pictures

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The naked photos came in the mail on Valentine's Day last year. If you want to see more, the letters said, go online.

The recipients: the daughter and ex-husband of the unconscious, nude woman in the photos.

The sender: former Pasco County detention Deputy Brian Dale Pratt, 53, who was angry the woman had spurned his advances.

In a two-day trial this week, Pratt was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of lewd and lascivious video voyeurism, and County Judge Anne Wansboro sentenced him to 10 days in jail. The prosecution asked for more — 11 months and 29 days — but Wansboro settled on the short stint in the Hernando County jail.

Pratt was put on paid administrative leave after the incident came to light in May 2012. He was fired in September.

The circumstances leading to his downfall started at a neighborhood party in October 2011. Pratt and the woman had broken up a month before.

During her testimony, she admitted she had too much to drink that night. Her two daughters, age 19 and 20, were also at the party. Pratt took the woman home, then took pictures of her throwing up naked in the bathroom and passed out on her bed. When the daughters came home, he told them their mother had made a mess, and they needed to clean it up.

In November 2011, he showed the photos to other deputies during a training session and bragged about them.

A couple of months later, he tried to rekindle the romance, but the woman refused and they argued. Pratt told her he knew how to make her family hate her.

He mailed the photos with no return address, but a handwriting analyst matched the writing to Pratt.

In court, he admitted to taking only the photos of her vomiting, and he said he deleted them.

Assistant State Attorney Cornelius Demps said he wanted a longer jail sentence.

"It is a little upsetting," he said. "But we rely on what (Wansboro) thinks is reasonable."

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