SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla.- A judge set North Port Police Officer Melanie Turner's bond for $200,000 Friday.
She is being charged with sexual battery and false imprisonment by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. She was arrested Thursday without incident, the sheriff's office says.
Another North Port officer, Ricky Urbina, was also charged and supposed to be arrested Thursday. He died Thursday afternoon of an apparent gunshot wound in his home. A spokeswoman for the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said Urbina, 44, committed suicide.
The North Port Police Depeartment is still investigating Urbina's death.
The charges against both officers stem from a party that took place earlier this month, during which the officers allegedly handcuffed and sexually assaulted a female victim. Court documents accused Turner and Urbina of removing the victim's pants, groping her and performing oral sex on her without her consent.
North Port Police Chief Kevin Vespia addressed the allegations Friday morning.
"Our staff will continue to strive and practice the core values we hold sacred and will contnue to investigate any deviations of those values. We will also work tirelessly to rebuild the public trust," Vespia said, reading from a prepared statement. He refused to answer questions from the media.
Sylvia Hebert says she has been friends with Turner for seven years. Hebert told WINK News exclusively that the allegations against her friend seem uncharacteristic.
"She has got a heart of gold, and she'll do anything for anybody," Hebert said.