Police "sex tape' makes its debut

Published Sept. 21, 1995|Updated Oct. 4, 2005

When someone started swiping coffee and sodas from Tampa police headquarters, burglary detectives set up a hidden camera to catch the thief.

They ended up catching much more than a coffee crook.

Instead, the grainy black-and-white video captured a patrol sergeant and dispatcher June 30 in an early-morning sexual encounter in a detective's cubicle.

Rumors of the video have buzzed around police headquarters ever since, but it wasn't until Wednesday that the notorious "sex tape" was released to the public.

Sgt. Pete Brevi, a highly praised nine-year veteran, and dispatcher Tina L. Stack, a one-time employee of the month, will be disciplined for violating police rules, an internal investigation found. Their punishment hasn't been decided yet.

"It's an embarrassment," said assistant Chief Walter "Buz" Sawyer. "You worry about the public perception of what's happening at the Police Department."

The video released to the media shows Brevi, 32, and Stack, 25, walking into the burglary squad office on the second floor of police headquarters about 1 a.m. For the next five minutes, the tape shows Brevi's head above the shoulder-high wall of a detective's cubicle and Stack's head intermittently.

The couple told investigators Stack performed oral sex on Brevi for five to 10 seconds but said they did not have sex, according to reports. The video shows them in the cubicle for four minutes. "I said, "We need to stop,' and that was it," Stack told investigators.

Brevi was on duty, and no one else supervised his squad on the street while he was with Stack, the investigation found. However, Brevi told investigators that his radio was on during the encounter so he could overhear any emergency calls.

"I don't believe that I needed to attend to my squad," Brevi told investigators. "They knew I was in the district (office) doing paperwork."

Stack was off duty but had stopped by the station to drop off a friend. The couple said they bumped into each other in the cafeteria, and Brevi took her to the detective unit to use the phone, according to reports.

Investigators found that Brevi violated policies for "standards of conduct" and "attentiveness to duty." The state Commission on Professional Standards and Training also will review whether to revoke his police officer certification, Sawyer said. Stack also violated "standards of conduct" rules, the investigation found.

Sgt. Eugene Kelley said he set up the hidden camera in mid-May to monitor the office from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. The night Brevi and Stack were recorded was the last night of taping, Kelley told investigators.

Most of the video showed little beyond a few employees "being nosy" by rummaging through desks and file cabinets, Kelley told investigators. The most excitement to date had been a June 6 film of Officer Tara Edwards looking around furtively and snatching a bottle of Zephyrhills water from the refrigerator, investigators found. Edwards was disciplined for the theft.

But as Kelley watched the tape from the night of June 30, he immediately rewound it to make sure of what he saw. "It was just to try and catch a thief," Kelley told investigators. "They just happened to wander in on camera."

Both Brevi and Stack were given outstanding marks on their latest evaluations. Brevi has received many commendations and two lifesaving awards for rescuing a man from his burning house in July and helping officers Kevin Howell and Mike Vigil when they were shot by robbery suspects in March.