FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. -- A Flagler County Sheriff's Office sergeant was fired Friday for allegedly illegally accessing confidential information, which included the information of his ex-wife and Sheriff-elect James L. Manfre.
An internal investigation determined Chris Ragazzo, 36, violated agency and state policies regarding the accessing of training records and driver's license information, according to a Facebook posting from FCSO.
The investigation was initiated after a January records audit by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement discovered the sergeant had accessed an FDLE confidential database to run information on non-departmental employees.
Along with Manfre, Ragazzo allegedly also targeted John Dance, Dennis Creamer and Raymond Stevens, who all supported Manfre in his successful bid for re-election.
The team members were reportedly targeted two weeks before they were publicly announced as Manfre transition team members.
The FDLE allows access strictly for law enforcement purposes only.
According to FCSO, the internal investigation also found that Ragazzo wrongly accessed the Division of Motor Vehicles system to access information on his ex-wife and other non-law enforcement individuals for his personal use.
In one instance, the sergeant ran the driver's license of his ex-wife's former boyfriend 46 times between 2004 and 2009.
"The public expects that we will utilize these resources to uphold the law and not access the systems for personal reasons, the Sheriff's Office will not betray that trust," said Sheriff Manfre.
Ragazzo was hired as a deputy in January 2004.
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