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New Port Richey officer faces new investigation

NEW PORT RICHEY — A police officer who was recently cleared of a criminal accusation is being investigated again.

Officer John Nohejl, a 12-year veteran of the force, is accused of wrongdoing in an incident while he was working the midnight shift on Aug. 4, said New Port Richey Assistant Chief Darryl Garman. Garman would not elaborate on the new allegation because the investigation is ongoing.

"The information was brought in, processed and investigators were assigned to it," Garman said.

Nohejl has been placed on paid administrative leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates. The agency will give its findings to the State Attorney's Office.

Nohejl had been back on the job only a month since the State Attorney's Office cleared him of sexual battery. That accusation was made by a female acquaintance in an off-duty incident. Both Nohejl and the woman told the State Attorney's Office there was a sexual encounter. He said it was consensual. She said it wasn't.

The State Attorney's Office said it didn't know whose story to believe and decided not to file charges.

That was July 3. Nohejl returned to patrol duty the next day, and the department launched its own internal investigation of the matter. Garman said that process is complete and is awaiting a final ruling by Chief Martin Rickus.

Nohejl is the former school resource officer at Gulf Middle School. He got into hot water earlier this year when his MySpace page — intended to help him connect with students — was linked to sexually oriented Web sites.

The department investigated how the computer problem occurred but did not accuse Nohejl of any wrongdoing. He continued working at the school until the sexual complaint surfaced in April.

New Port Richey officer faces new investigation 08/12/08 [Last modified: Sunday, August 17, 2008 7:01pm]
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