Via Palm Beach Post:
Despite Deputy Timothy McCarthy being cleared of sexual battery charges, other allegations of misconduct led to his initial termination. He is back on patrol since being reinstated earlier this month.
The incident involving the woman took place in January when she walked to McCarthy’s squad car and asked for help in getting home from Lake Worth. When the woman, who was allegedly drunk, could not provide an exact address of where to go, McCarthy, who was on duty at the time, placed her in his car for more than half an hour. The two eventually drove to his home in Port St. Lucie where they had sex.
After months of interviews, McCarthy was exonerated from the sexual battery charges because “there was no evidence to support the allegation made” by the woman, according to the Internal Affairs report. Further, while being interviewed, the woman said she “did not resist the advance made” by McCarthy and she also refused to pursue criminal charges against him.
But McCarthy was found to have violated a standard of conduct because, on the night of the incident, he clocked out 28 minutes before the end of his shift and left his assigned patrolling area. He also violated department policy when he used his marked patrol car to drive the woman outside the county...
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