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Hillsborough jail deputy faces weapons charge

BROOKSVILLE — A Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office jail deputy faces a misdemeanor weapons charge in Hernando County after a domestic dispute turned sour.

On Sept. 2, the State Attorney's Office in Brooksville charged Kari Ann Frank, 37, with improper exhibition of a firearm after she carelessly brandished a handgun in front of her ex-boyfriend, his friend and his friend's young son.

Frank works at the Orient Road jail, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The incident occurred July 10 when Frank and Gary Gilkey, her ex-boyfriend, had an argument after Gilkey's car broke down.

Gilkey and his friend, David Chabot, managed to restart the car and drove to Frank's residence on Snow Goose Avenue north of Weeki Wachee, where the couple lived for three years before recently breaking up.

The two men told authorities that Frank came out of her home and waved the gun around, said Don Barbee, the lead Hernando County prosecutor. She then took Gilkey's keys from the vehicle and went back inside.

The men eventually left without further incident. But it came to light 10 days later when Gilkey went to Frank's home to remove his last belongings. Another argument ensued and Frank called 911.

Gilkey told deputies from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office about the previous gun incident and asked them to arrest Frank for aggravated assault.

The deputies refused to file charges, but Gilkey protested. The State Attorney's Office conducted further interviews and decided Sept. 2 that her conduct warranted charges, Barbee said. If found guilty, Frank could face a maximum one year in county jail and $1,000 fine.

The day after the July 20 incident, Frank filed for a temporary domestic violence injunction against Gilkey. A judge granted the injunction July 30 but Gilkey argues in court documents that his side was ignored because she was a deputy.

Gilkey, a former Tampa police officer, also filed notice June 6 that he intended to sue the Hernando County Sheriff's Office for $30-million in damages, alleging an assortment of misdeeds stemming from his 2005 arrest for filing a false police report.

Staff writer Kevin Graham contributed to this report. John Frank can be reached at jfrank@sptimes.com or (352) 754-6114.

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