JUPITER, FL – The town’s police chief has recommended firing two sergeants for conduct unbecoming an officer after an internal affairs investigation found they engaged in sex acts while on duty, according to a report made available to The Post.
The IA investigation is one of two probes that have targeted Sgt. Amy Walling and Sgt. Jason VanSteenburgh. The other concerned a April confrontation between the two outside the U Tiki Beach bar along the Loxahatchee River that led to Walling being demoted to sergeant from major. She also was suspended for 30 days and placed on probation for two years.
Walling and VanSteenburgh were once in a relationship but parted months ago.
Chief Frank J. Kitzerow found evidence to sustain an allegation that Walling performed a sex act on VanSteenburgh while he was on duty, according to the report. Walling was off duty at the time of that incident. She also took a partially nude photo of herself while wearing a town police uniform and sent it to VanSteenburgh, the report said.
VanSteenburgh took a partially nude photo of himself while he was wearing a SWAT uniform and sent it to Walling, the chief’s report said. Van Steenburgh was on duty when he took the photo and protecting the safety of a person whose life was in danger while he took the photo, the document said.
Kitzerow’s memo said he based his call for firing both sergeants on “the severity of the allegations, the great discredit these supervisors have brought upon themselves and the Jupiter Police Department and the Town of Jupiter, their lack of integrity and honesty, and the violation of the trust placed in them. In addition, these violations were committed on duty or while in the performance of their duties.”
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