Investigations find inappropriate sexual affairs among Manatee jail employees

ejohnson@bradenton.comMarch 8, 2013 

MANATEE -- Investigations into sexual affairs among employees at the Manatee County jail led to one sergeant's resignation and a deputy's suspension, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. Allen Miller, who joined the sheriff's office in June 1990, resigned due to "personal reasons" on Feb. 11, three days after he was placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

It was determined that Miller began a sexual affair with a former deputy in 2007 that ended in 2012. At one point, a sexual act took place in a restroom near Master Control at the jail, according to the investigative report.

The woman is not being named because she alleges that in January 2011 she was "forced" to have sex with Sgt. Miller after he threatened to tell her husband about the affair. She told the investigator that she went to Miller's home to speak with him about the situation when he forced her on the couch.

"And he told me that, if he wanted to, he could rape me right there," the woman is quoted in the documents as saying, adding that the two did have intercourse so they could "get it over with so I can go home."

The State Attorney's Office declined to prosecute Miller, citing insufficient probable cause to criminally charge him.

Miller and the woman continued a consensual relationship throughout 2011 and 2012 after the incident, according to the investigation, which ended Thursday.

Another woman, who filed a complaint in 2005 against Miller for inappropriate comments in the workplace, was interviewed during this investigation. The woman stated that after that case, in which Miller had to undergo additional training, she and Miller had consensual sexual encounters.

"Sergeant Miller acknowledged he had consensual sexual affairs with several other civilian and certified females who worked at the Manatee County jail," the report states.

Miller told the investigator he was "down in the dumps" and having "personal problems in my life with an ex-wife" when the affairs took place.

Miller denied allegations of sexual battery and using his position or threats to further the affairs.

An Office of Professional Standards investigator sustained allegations of insubordination/disobedience by pursuing a sexual relationship with employees under his direct supervision and neglect of duty for failing to report another employee's improper actions.

Another deputy will serve a 129-hour suspension without pay for insubordination for also having a consensual relationship with a former employee in which sexual acts occurred on jail property.

From 2003 to 2012, Phillip Young and another deputy were in an "on-again, off-again" affair, according to the sheriff's office. On numerous occasions, the two would have sex inside their personal vehicles in the visitors parking lot at the jail. Young and the woman also had sex in a locker room at the jail gymnasium, according to the investigation that began Jan. 30 and was completed Wednesday.

Young, who began working at the sheriff's office in October 1990, said all of the sexual encounters took place at the conclusion of their hours at the jail because "during the shift you're too busy," documents state.

The investigation sustained that Young was insubordinate by violating a general order requiring sheriff's office employees to "avoid conduct which may be considered immoral or embarrassing to the agency."

Sheriff Brad Steube said Miller and Young both participated in activities "unbecoming" to their roles at the sheriff's office. Despite the long-term nature of the affairs, Steube said he was unaware until complaints were filed.

"If we had any information this was going on, we would have completed the investigations then, as we have done now," Steube said. "We have cameras at the jail where the inmates go."

Elizabeth Johnson, Herald crime reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. Follow her on Twitter@EJohnsonBHcrime.

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