Sex-texts sink careers E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

There are so many sayings about stuff like this. “Don’t get your honey where you get your money,” is just one of them. According to a recent article in the Orlando Sentinel there is yet another on-duty police sex scandal in Florida. According to the Sentinel’s reporting, two Seminole County deputies sent each other about 6,000 text messages while they were on duty. Many of the texts documented their extramarital affair and sexual exploits, according to an internal affairs investigation.

Deputy Joseph Fetchick, was a school resource officer at Milwee Middle School. He got fired last April following an internal affairs investigation. Sgt. Valencia LaRue, a night shift supervisor, chose to resign rather than be terminated.

What’s shocking is the sheer volume of electronic communication the star-crossed lovers exchanged. According to the investigation, on a single day Fetchick and LaRue messaged each other 234 times while on duty.

And here’s the thing. Everyone - and that means everyone -  needs to remember one thing about electronic communication.

There is no privacy. All of your texts, emails and the rest are easily retrievable should someone want to get them and be willing to pay for it.

Many of the texts were of the typical “I’m so in love with you!” variety.  

"I feel like screaming to the world that I am n love w u," LaRue texted Fetchick.

The irony of course is the fac that that's exactly what she was doing.

Three hours later he wrote, "I love u beautiful."

And as is almost always the case with high-volume romance-related electronic communication - there are plenty of photos.

The obvious question that emerges is did the two police officers have time for any police work in light of the volume of their correspondence.

Investigators say that the couple left their posts to have sex during working hours on more than one occasion.

One of the deputies who worked with LaRue told investigators there was a "50-50" chance of reaching her on the phone during working hours.

Both officers denied that they ever had sex on duty when internal investigators interviewed them. They also said their text messages were their private business.

So if the messages were private, how did they become public?

The bulk of the evidence against them came from Fetchick's estranged wife, whose iPad kept a record of all of her husband's text messages.

That evidence became public record after LaRue filed a domestic violence injunction petition against Fetchick's estranged wife, accusing her of harassment. A judge rejected the petition.

It’s truly shocking that despite the revelations about electronic surveillance and the reality that there is no privacy when it comes to electronic communication some peoplet still broadcast the stuff that will jam them up.


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