• Florida deputy arrested for soliciting prostitute on Facebook, deputies say

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    Putnam County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a corrections officer who reportedly used Facebook to solicit a woman for sex.

    Patrick Dean, 56, solicited sex from an undercover detective via Facebook Messenger, according to a police report.

    “He had been conversing by text message and online on Facebook with our undercover detectives,” said Sheriff Gator DeLoach. "I don't think this will come as a surprise to a lot of our employees."

    The report says he agreed to pay $75 and asked her to meet him at the Circle K on State Road 20.

    He texted the woman and said, "I am waiting for you" when he got there.

    He was arrested and taken to the Putnam County Jail.

    Dean is facing a misdemeanor charge for solicitation. His bond amount was set at $500. 

    In 1992, Patrick Dean was investigated for improper handling of an inmate—that allegation was unfounded.

    In 2003, he was reprimanded for having a relationship with a woman who was once an inmate.

    In 2012, Dean was suspended for allowing underaged drinking at his home during a party

    In 2016, he was suspended again for failing to provide medication to an inmate

    And last year Dean was suspended for making rude comments to a woman on social media.

    The sheriff says he anticipates that the investigation will be wrapped up quickly and that Dean’s employment will be terminated.

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