LEE COUNTY, Fla. - New details about serious allegations against a Lee County deputy accused of using his position to snoop on co-workers and people in the community. Steven Coles resigned after an investigation found that he used the drivers license database to get personal information. Coles was just a few months away from his 25th anniversary with the sheriff's office.
His boss, Sheriff Mike Scott, says he blatantly misused the Florida Driver and Vehicle information database, called the D.A.V.I.D. database.
Disturbing documents show Coles pulled up personal information only supposed to be accessed for investigative purposes. Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott calls the case "disgusting".
"Its disappointing. But of course, as I do in all cases, we thoroughly investigate our own, just as we would any other criminal or person doing wrong," said Sheriff Scott.
The documents show Coles looked up private data of current and former Lee County Sheriffs Office employees, 19 of which were women.
It also shows he searched his ex-girlfriend's information more than a dozen times, and peeked into his fiances, as well as her ex-husband's information.
This investigation began when a local media personality wanted to know why someone was accessing her personal information. Coles resigned before the investigation concluded.
"He misused the system," said Sheriff Scott. "His feet were held to the fire. Just before I could put his feet in the fire? He resigned!"
The report says deputy Coles was asked if it was ok to use D.A.V.I.D for reasons other than for business purposes, deputy Coles stated "no."
The investigation also revealed Coles searched for white females named "Ashley" between the ages of 21 and 24, and spent two and a half hours searching through those records.
According to documents, the people Coles was looking up were never involved in anything that would warrant an investigation, and had never asked him to look up their information.