Two Fort Myers police officers terminated from force

Published: March 4, 2022 3:41 PM EST
Updated: March 4, 2022 5:56 PM EST

Two Fort Myers police officers have been terminated from the department for having an inappropriate relationship with a confidential informant.

More than 40 pages of documents detail the questioning of both Evelyn Roberts and Sarah Hodakoski.

And there are many references within the document to Jason Jackson.

Jackson is a former Fort Myers police officer who was fired from his job in November after an internal affairs investigation found he associated with convicted felons while maintaining a personal and sexual relationship with an active or former confidential informant.

The document references the department having video and photo evidence implication Roberts and Hodakoski.

The police union is already appealing Jackson’s termination.

They sent the following statement to WINK News regarding Roberts and Hodakoski’s terminations.

“Officers Sarah and Evelyn Hodakoski’s termination is not supported or based on just cause. Additionally, these Officers were denied due process and their Police Officer Bill of Rights were violated on several occasions during the investigation. Even more troubling, the IA investigators never took a sworn taped or written statement into the allegations against their Officers from the only witness, an unreliable confidential informant. We are seeking all legal avenues to have these Officers reinstated.”

This is not the first time Roberts and Hodakoski have been in trouble.

Both were recommended to be terminated last year but were allowed to keep their jobs.

An exclusive WINK News investigation showed Roberts and Hodakoskiwere accused of a combined 133-time theft violations, including 28 shifts that they were paid for but never worked.

In the time theft case, they were recommended to be fired on Jan. 4, 2021, but Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs waited more than three months until April 14, 2021, to take his final actions and allowed them to stay employed with a fine and suspension.

Retired police officer Brian O’Reilly was the lead investigator in the internal affairs case and recommended both for termination but was surprised when they were allowed to stay on the job,

“The Chief had terminated past employees for less,” O’Reilly said then. “There were other officers that were fired for timesheet issues that were less egregious than this particular case.”