DAYTONA BEACH – There's the deeper story inside the sex scandal story that Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood kept from the media in "gift wrapping the news" of the resignation of Sgt. Penny Dane.
So says the union head of the 46-year-old female sergeant who was forced out after admitting to posting online semi-nude photos of herself in uniform as well as nude shots onto a virtual adult sex network via city-owned computers while on duty.
Robert Walker, a retired Daytona Beach homicide cop who represents DBPD's rank-and-file police officers as business agent for Teamsters 385, said Chitwood "threw Sgt. Dane to the wolves" while protecting the man who prompted her to reach out to senior management in the first place, her former fiancé and lover, Lt. Tommy Pera.
"She told (investigators) they had been engaged and that she was repeatedly being harassed by him," Walker said of the deteriorating situation between Dane and Pera. "If he wasn't harassing her like Chitwood claims, then explain this: Why would a supervisor text a a subordinate 500 times when she's at home with her husband and he's supposedly at home with his wife? To exchange recipes?"
Messages left Sunday evening by Headline Surfer for Pera through a phone conversation with Daytona Beach police patrol supervisor for Pera to call back went unanswered. Messages left with assigned PIO Jimmy Flynt and with Chitwood himself went unanswered, too.
TALLAHASSEE, FL – The state officially washed its hands of all financial shortfalls of city and county pension funds, under a new law signed Friday by Gov. Rick Scott.
The statute, adopted in the 2013 legislative session, also increases financial reporting requirements for the “defined benefits” retirement systems of local governments. The act states that cities, counties and special districts have 492 pension plans with benefits for about 79,000 retirees -- with an unfunded actuarial liability estimated at $10 billion.
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