• Undercover Jacksonville detective's court remarks questioned by sex assault survivor

    By: Deanna Bettineschi , Action News Jax


    UPDATE, 12/6/17, 5:30 p.m.: Sheriff Mike Williams released the following statement about his undercover officer's statements:

    "Regarding our undercover officer’s comments in court, during his Victim Impact Statement, last week:

    "We have discussed proper courtroom demeanor and professionalism with the officer. I’m grateful for the outcome of the incident and that I am able to have a conversation with my officer.

    "He continues to deal with the incident that could have taken both his life and that of his young son, as he will for the rest of his life. I believe justice was served with the jury’s verdict. God knows how many others could have been harmed or killed had the suspect not been apprehended.

    Original story below:

    An undercover detective's remarks in court are being questioned by a sexual assault survivor.

    Earlier this month, Action News Jax cameras were in court for the sentencing of Kevin Rojas.

    Rojas was sentenced to life in prison for shooting a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office undercover detective in 2016. 

    While on the stand, the detective made a comment to Rojas

    “So, I got a little gift for you. You’re going to need a lot of this where you are going,” the detective said.

    The detective placed a bottle of personal lubricant on the stand.

    It was that remark that made a sexual assault survivor write to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, asking for action to be taken against the detective.

    The letter reads in part, “How can an officer sworn to uphold the law, get up in court and under oath advocate raping someone? Rape even in jail is against the law.”

    Curry wrote back, saying in part, “JSO personnel are no exception and are entrusted to serve and protect citizens. The actions described by this officer are not reflective of the conduct Sheriff Williams promotes and encourages. To learn more about his policies and expectations, I’m copying his office.”

    Action News Jax reached out to JSO to see if the detective was reprimanded for his comments. We’re waiting to hear back.

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