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Former Pinellas child protective investigator pleads guilty to falsifying reports

Steven Urban, 30, pleaded guilty to five counts of falsifying reports. [Photo courtesy of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office]
Steven Urban, 30, pleaded guilty to five counts of falsifying reports. [Photo courtesy of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office]
Published May 17

A former Pinellas County child protective investigator has pleaded guilty to five counts of falsifying records, court records show.

When he was arrested in March 2018, Steven Urban was accused of falsifying many more than that: Detectives said of the 142 child protective cases he handled from the beginning of 2017 to his arrest, he wrote misleading information in 75. In 44 of the cases, Urban never even saw the children in question, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. In 29 of the cases he handled, he never talked to anyone at all, detectives said.

Urban, now 30, of Largo, was a six-year employee of the Sheriff's Office and resigned last year soon after he was confronted with the allegations. After pleading guilty he was sentenced to five years probation.

Urban's arrest prompted change within the Sheriff's Office. Now, the supervisor who does quality control on child welfare cases will pull five random files a week and call witnesses to ensure the investigator actually spoke to them.

Contact Josh Solomon at jsolomon@tampabay.com or (813) 909-4613. Follow @ByJoshSolomon.

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