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Three Lakeland police sergeants lose jobs in wake of sex scandal


Published:   |   Updated: July 15, 2013 at 02:33 PM

Two Lakeland Police Department sergeants have been fired and another submitted her letter of resignation after an internal investigation into sexual misconduct involving nearly a dozen police officers.

Sgts. Rusty Longaberger and David Woolverton were fired Monday and Felicia Wilson submitted a letter of resignation, the department announced in a news release.

Their departures are effective immediately, police said.

Wilson's resignation came in lieu of termination, police said, as a result of an investigation arising from a letter sent from Polk County State Attorney Jerry Hill regarding concerns with her preparation for a jury trial and related testimony.

Each of the departures cite conduct unbecoming an officer and neglect of duty as reasons for the terminations.

The investigation began after a civilian crime analyst detailed trysts with men in police and fire stations, patrol cars, motels and even in a parking lot after a memorial service for a slain officer.

Sue Eberle, 37, told officials that she had consensual and sometimes coerced sex with the officers and a firefighter, and that she once was propositioned by a city worker in Lakeland. Eberle's accounts of the liaisons were largely corroborated by her sexual partners and others within the police department.

Eberle, a married mother of two, is on paid administrative leave.

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