A Florida deputy was let go after it was determined he lied about spending several hours on the clock with a woman he met on Tinder.
Marion County Sheriff’s Office Deputy David Patterson was fired due to violations of department conduct codes, providing incorrect timesheet information and dereliction of duty.
Patterson reportedly stopped at a woman’s house for around two to three hours on December 5 of last year, spending quality time with the individual, who he had met on Tinder.
Unfortunately for Patterson, his “friend” was as bad at keeping secrets as she was with honoring rental agreements. When a sergeant went to serve her an eviction notice on December 21, she spilled the beans in regard to their on-duty casual encounter.
“(The woman) stated she met Deputy Patterson on a dating website and wanted to know if he was a ‘good guy,’” an investigative report said.
The woman reportedly claimed she and Patterson “hooked up,” but that they didn’t have sex.
“She stated while Deputy Patterson was at her residence they talked and kissed,” the report said. “She stated Deputy Patterson also touched her breast over her clothes.”
According to Cox.com, Patterson admitted to the allegations when confronted.
“Due to these actions, Deputy Patterson has brought discredit to himself and the agency while on duty,” the report noted.
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