BROOKSVILLE — Donna Moffit sat at her computer in the Hernando County Detention Center late last month, authorities say, and wrote a letter to the Florida Department of Children and Families.
In the complaint, investigators say, she alleged that an ex-family member was neglecting that person's children. Moffit, 49, of Spring Hill also included personal information — including a Social Security number and birthday — of the former family member's new significant other.
Moffit, hired by the Sheriff's Office in August 2010, had worked as an inmate property technician. She resigned her position Wednesday, just moments before she was arrested, said sheriff's spokeswoman Cpl. Wendy McGinnis.
The suspect confessed to using her work computer to file the report and admitted that she had no factual reasons to accuse the former family member of child neglect.
Moffit was charged with criminal use of personal information and filing a false report to DCF. She was released from custody after posting $4,000 bail.
"Employees of any law enforcement agency are always held to a higher standard, and this case is no exception" said Sheriff Al Nienhuis. "If one of our employees is accused of a criminal act, he or she will be investigated the same as any other person. If that employee is found guilty of a violation, they must be held accountable for their actions."
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