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Pasco sheriff's daughter disciplined for affair with Pinellas deputy

A married patrol deputy and a detective with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office have received written reprimands for having an intimate relationship that violated the agency's adultery policy.

A Sheriff's Office report released Thursday says Cpl. Randy Corlett, who is married, and Detective Amy White, who is single, began the relationship when they attended a conference on hostage negotiation in Cocoa Beach in June.

The two continued the relationship until the end of January, when White told Corlett she was pregnant with his child, the report.

White, 33, is the daughter of Pasco County Sheriff Bob White. A detective in the burglary and pawn unit, White joined the Sheriff's Office in January 2006 and makes $46,886 a year, said Pinellas Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Marianne Pasha.

Corlett, 42, was hired by the agency in December 1986 and makes $67,143 annually.

According to the report, the two were socializing at their hotel in Cocoa Beach on June 8 when they began "consuming some alcoholic beverages."

"As the evening came to an end, one thing led to another and (White) and Cpl. Corlett ended up in her room," the report said.

White later told her supervisor that she knew Corlett was married and that "it was something neither of them had planned on," but that the encounters continued through the rest of the week of the conference and for several months afterward.

Corlett said the affair began "after his marriage had deteriorated," but said "he and his wife have to come to terms with his infidelity and have been attending marriage counseling," according to the report.

Sheriff Jim Coats instituted the adultery policy in 2005, making it the first of its kind among Tampa Bay's large law enforcement agencies. The rule bans Sheriff's Office employees from having adulterous relationships with their colleagues.

Both Corlett and White received letters of reprimand. Punishments for the offense can vary, with the deputy's previous disciplinary history taken into account, Pasha said.

"The discipline meted out depends, essentially, on what is brought to the table in the offense or violation, and any previous disciplines the member may have," Pasha said.

Personnel files for Corlett and White were not available for review late Thursday afternoon, Pasha said.

Rita Farlow can be reached at farlow@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4157.

Pasco sheriff's daughter disciplined for affair with Pinellas deputy 04/09/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 9, 2009 8:41pm]

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