LEE COUNTY, Fla. - In the last six weeks, we've had three cases where Lee County sheriff's deputies were arrested for breaking the law.
Illegal drug possession, robbery, and marijuana charges. Sheriff Scott says he had no clue any of those deputies would end up like this. In each case, they passed sheriff department job interviews, and inspections with flying colors.
Sometimes the people charged with upholding the law make the decision to break it. And when that happens, Sheriff Mike Scott says they're treated just like everybody else.
"Inexcusable. Unforgivable, frankly," Sheriff Scott said.
April 8th, John Eaton, a seven and a half year veteran of the Lee County Sheriffs Office, was handcuffed, facing charges of possession of steroids, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Almost a month later, deputy Michael Ronga was arrested for robbery. Reports show he battered and robbed a man, after giving him a ride in Bonita Springs.
"He started going through my pockets, he took my telephone out and put it on top of the car, I had 170 dollars in my pocket, I didn't realize he took it," said victim Rodolfo Casteneda in a May 6th interview.
May 17th brings the most recent arrest of Piotr Urbanski, arrested on marijuana charges.
In response to these recent cases, Sheriff Scott says the men were behind bars within 24 hours of a committed crime. "I can't get in a guy's head, just like I can't get in Ronga's head and say why did you do this," Sheriff Scott said.
John Eaton is now a former deputy. He resigned from the sheriff's office after those charges of using steroids and marijuana.
Deputy Ronga has been suspended without pay, and Urbanski was fired from the sheriffs office-after his arrest.