COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- A Lehigh Acres woman chose her boyfriend over her career and now, she's no longer an employee of the Collier County Sheriff's Office.
An internal affairs investigation found the deputy, who worked at the Naples jail, admitted to being in a relationship with a convicted felon, which is against department policy.
A private investigator from Texas, Joe Cisneros, said he stumbled upon their relationship about six months ago, while he was searching for another felon.
Cisneros came to Southwest Florida looking for Juan Bermudez, a wanted felon, but his search led him to the Lehigh Acres home of Bermudez' cousin, Luz Jasinto. At the time, Jasinto was a Corporal with the Collier County Sheriff's Office. She wasn't the one who answered the door. Her boyfriend, Jose Juarez, did.
Cisneros says Juarez' tattoos made him concerned. He believed Juarez may have been involved in a South Texas gang.
So he alerted CCSO. It turns out, Juarez is a convicted felon out of Cameron County, Texas. He spent six years in prison for drug trafficking before moving to Florida last year.
The Professional Responsibility Bureau opened an investigation into Jasinto. She declined to speak with WINK News, but a memorandum says in part, "According to her Facebook profile, Cpl. Jasinto indicated she was 'in a relationship' with Jose Juarez." A violation of CCSO policy.
The report goes on to say that when she was questioned by superiors, "The investigation also revealed that Cpl. Jasinto lied to her supervisor about the relationship with Mr. Juarez..."
Jasinto was then forced to choose between her relationship and her job with the Sheriff's Office. Corporal Jasinto resigned in March.