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Press Release
January 5, 2018
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Correctional Officer Criminally Charged Following OIG Investigation

JASPER, Fla. - The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) Office of Inspector General (OIG) criminally charged Correctional Officer Tarra Avery yesterday following an OIG criminal investigation. Avery has been charged with introduction of contraband and sexual misconduct.

Avery turned herself into the Hamilton County Jail following the charges. The Florida Department of Corrections Office of Inspector General acknowledges the cooperation and assistance provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and the State Attorney's Office in the 3rd Judicial Circuit.

For more information regarding the Departmen's Office of Inspector General, please visit www.dc.state.fl.us/orginfo/ig.html.

Click here to see the affadavit. The following exemptions apply to the redactions:

The home addresses, telephone numbers, including cellular and personal pager numbers, social security numbers, dates of birth, and photographs of active or former department employees and/or their spouses and children; places of employment; daycare facilities, and/or schools of active or former department employees' spouses and children (sections ┬د 119.071 (4)(d), F.S. and 945.10(1)(e), F.S.

Any information which may reveal the identity of a person who is a victim of any sexual offense. 119.071(2)(h)1; 28 CFR 115, Department of Justice (2012).

All information "revealing the substance of a confession" by a person arrested until there is a final disposition in the case. 119.071(2)(e), F.S.


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 96,000 inmates and supervises nearly 166,000 offenders in the community.

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