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Lakeland Police Department disciplines 3

8:40 PM, Dec 11, 2013   |    comments
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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- A Lakeland Police sergeant and two dispatchers have been disciplined for how they handled the investigation of an officer in a sexual battery case.

Authorities announced Wednesday that during the investigation, they learned that the victim and a friend made several phone calls to the department's communications center about the sexual encounter with Officer Julio Pagan.

Sergeant Doug Brown tried to reach them, but authorities say he should have gone to the location. Brown received a workday suspension. The dispatchers were given a brief suspension and ordered to receive counseling for mishandling the calls.

Officials say the allegations were not part of the ongoing sexual misconduct scandal that has plagued the department.

Pagan was charged in September with armed aggravated battery by a law enforcement officer and armed aggravated stalking.

Associated Press

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