BROOKSVILLE — A Brooksville police officer has been fired after he was accused of trying to kiss a female inmate from the Hernando County Detention Center.
In a termination letter written Monday to Officer Marc Davidoff, Brooksville police Chief George Turner alluded to "inappropriate conduct and behavior" and outlined eight department standards Davidoff had allegedly violated.
"It's obviously conduct that's unbecoming of a police officer. It's bad for her and it's bad for us," Turner said. "There was no way he was going to continue to be employed here."
The female inmate, who was cleaning the department as part of her duties as a trusty, went into the patrol room putting tape away between 11 and 11:45 a.m. on May 5, an internal affairs investigation showed. When she turned around, the report said, Davidoff was standing behind her; he then grabbed her by the hand, wrapped his other hand around her neck and pulled her toward him trying to kiss her.
She pushed him away and quickly left the room, the report indicated.
Soon after, she reported it to Detective Bryan Drinkard, who then informed Turner and Capt. Rick Hankins. Within hours, they placed a concealed recording device on her to wear while Davidoff transported her back to the jail.
During the drive, Davidoff asked the woman what she thought about the incident, admitted several times that he had tried to kiss her and again asked what she thought about it.
Davidoff also told the inmate he would try to help her find a job "because he has faith in her and likes her," according to a summary of the recording. He also asked her to call him when she was released.
"It's cops like him that give you all a bad name," the woman later told investigators.
The department has sent its findings to the State Attorney's Office to determine if authorities will file criminal charges against Davidoff. Davidoff, Turner said, did not deny any of the allegations when he was confronted with them.
Davidoff, who was hired before Turner became chief, had worked at the department for about six years. Turner said he had never before been accused of anything like this.
Davidoff was injured about a month before the incident and had been working in the office since then. The day of the alleged misconduct was the day before he was returning to regular duty.
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