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Pinellas corporal resigns amid claims of sexual behavior with inmates

LARGO — A detention deputy resigned while under investigation amid allegations that he engaged in sexual behavior with two inmates, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office records show.

According to an internal affairs file released Thursday, two St. Petersburg police detectives informed the Sheriff's Office in April that an inmate told them another female detainee, Nichole Rodgers, had oral sex with Cpl. Joseph Demilta.

Rodgers remained at the jail from January to April for violating her probation on an organized fraud charge, jail records show.

When internal affairs began investigating the claim, they discovered that Susan A. Rake, a former jail inmate, made recorded collect calls to Demilta's cell phone from the county jail in 2010.

"The telephone calls contain sexual references," records state, "as well as content of a potentially incriminating nature."

During interviews with investigators, Rake and Rodgers denied the allegations.

Demilta, 37, was hired at the Sheriff's Office in 2010 and resigned last month.

He could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Pinellas corporal resigns amid claims of sexual behavior with inmates 05/22/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 22, 2014 5:01pm]
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