JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On duty and in uniform. Action News has new information on the former JSO officer arrested Tuesday for soliciting a prostitute.
We've learned former officer David Sumlin had a long list of complaints leading up to his arrest. He found himself on the wrong side of the law after JSO officers say they caught him soliciting a prostitute not once but twice. After his arrest Tuesday night, Sumlin resigned.
"Resignation was the right thing to do," said FOP President Nelson Cuba. He couldn't believe the charges.
"It's like, really? There's enough women that like men in uniform. I don't see why he would be doing that. It makes no sense."
We wanted to find out what kind of officer David Sumlin really was. We pulled his files and found 15 different complaints. The first dates back to 2005 for improper use of the police radio.
After that, several complaints came from in-house: rudeness, failure to obey an order and departure from the truth.
We went line by line with Cuba through the allegations. We wanted to know why an officer with this kind of track record still had his badge. Cuba says for Sumlin, it was only a matter of time.
"A lot of them are minor incidents and that's why all those incidents add up, and what happens is that's one individual they keep an eye on and, sooner or later, individuals like that -- only eight years on, several incidents -- at some point they end up washing themselves out," Cuba said.
Of the list, seven were citizen complaints. Four were complaints coming from within JSO. He received a written reprimand once and was ordered to formal counseling three times.