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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office: Officer accused of prostitution resigns

7:25 PM, Nov 21, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer has resigned after being arrested for allegedly soliciting prostitution.

David Sumlin, 49, an eight-year employee, was arrested on Tuesday prior to his shift by the Integrity Unit, Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt said at a Tuesday night news conference.

Sumlin has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting for prostitution. He is out of jail on bail.

Wednesday morning Melissa Bujeda, Public Information Officer for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, said Sumlin turned in a resignation letter to the sheriff's office.

Senterfitt said Sumlin was on duty when the incidents happened.

"We don't tolerate this type of behavior here. We hear about something like this, we investigate and take action. We don't wait for someone else to come in and do it," Senterfitt said.

According to a JSO police report, the Integrity Unit learned in September that Sumlin was "'tricking' (paying for sex) with a known prostitute."

The prostitute, identified in the report as a "confidential source," said Sumlin has asked her in the past how much she would charge for oral sex.

She said she asked him to check if she had any outstanding warrants. He told her she was, at which point he said to her, "I have to get out and grab your butt for that," according to the report.

Sumlin did not arrest her on the warrant. On Oct. 31, the prostitute agreed to assist with the investigation.

On Nov. 1, Sumlin was directed to Stockton Street and Edison Avenue to investigate a prostitution complaint. She had encountered Sumlin in this area previously, according to the report.

During the recorded conversation with the prostitute, Sumlin told her to "take her butt down to King Street and walk," according to the report.

She asked him when they would "get down," and he replied "soon girl."

On Nov. 19, the prostitute was directed to walk by Sumlin's vehicle, which was parked in a dark lot near Stockton Street and King Street, according to the report.

Sumlin then drove up to her and talked to her. He said he had to respond to a call but told her, "I'm gon come back and talk to you."

He then told her what sex acts he wanted to do and the prostitute initially told him $50, and Sumlin haggled with her until she took her price down to $35, and then $20.

Senterfitt said officers are held to a higher standard, whether they are on or off duty.

"I've been the undersheriff for about a year and a half, and we have terminated 5 or 6 employees since then. We're not going to put up with it, on duty, off duty, we don't really care. Police officers are held to a higher standard," Senterfitt said.

Sumlin has been reassigned and stripped of police power. The criminal investigation against Sumlin will need to conclude before JSO can proceed with its administrative investigation, Senterfitt said.

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