A former deputy fired from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office after an arrest will not face charges.
This is for a domestic violence arrest.
Sheriff Carmine Marceno fired Christopher Doughty, but the State Attorney’s Office dropped the charges.
WINK News obtained Doughty’s personnel file on Tuesday.
The personnel file had no investigations of any kind, just pages and pages of commendations.
One said: “You continue to represent our agency and professionalism to the highest standard.”
Marceno fired deputy Doughty just hours after his arrest for domestic violence, saying he “took a close look at the evidence.”
“After a thorough consideration and close look at the evidence, I decided to terminate Doughty and relieved him from his law enforcement duties,” Marceno said.
Did the sheriff rush to judgment?
You be the judge.
The state attorney refused to file domestic violence charges against Doughty.
And now, a look at his personnel file shows Doughty had no history of trouble at all.
Instead, his file is filled with letters from parents, neighbors, and bosses, talking about how Doughty went above and beyond in his role as school resource officer at Ida Baker High School in Cape Coral.
One grandmother praised Doughty for helping her grandson deal with bullies.
She wrote, “Doughty is a great representation of what the SRO program is all about.”
A father wrote the sheriff to praise Doughty for helping his daughter find a stolen jacket, saying, “he went above and beyond his duty.”
And still, Marceno fired him hours after his arrest after 14 years of notable service.
It’s important to note, all the commendations in the world does not mean Doughty couldn’t be guilty of domestic violence.
The state attorney’s notes say his wife took some of the blame and said she got physical with her husband first.
WINK News asked Doughty whether he wants to get his job back, but neither Doughty nor the sheriff’s office would answer the question.