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Pinellas deputy suspended for eight days for shoddy investigative work

LARGO — The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has suspended a deputy for eight days without pay for failing to complete three investigations into stalking, domestic violence and lewd conduct toward a child.

Arthur McSorley's dereliction of duty did not result in any serious repercussions, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Friday. The domestic violence and lewd conduct investigations were resumed by other officers and the stalking case was dropped because the victim did not want to prosecute.

Still, McSorley's mistakes were serious and could have "placed these victims at risk of further violence,'' the disciplinary report says.

McSorley declined comment through a sheriff's spokeswoman.

Gualtieri said the problems occurred last year when the deputy was going through a divorce, not sleeping well and showing up late for work. When he changed shifts this year, his new supervisor reviewed his cases and discovered the problems. McSorley has since performed his duties well, Gualtieri said.

Pinellas deputy suspended for eight days for shoddy investigative work 07/20/12 [Last modified: Saturday, July 21, 2012 12:38am]
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