Florida Department of Corrections Banner, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Press Release
September 20, 2018
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Florida Correctional Officer Trainee Arrested

OCALA, Fla - The Florida Department of Corrections’ (FDC) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced the arrest of Correctional Officer Nicholas Jefferson. Jefferson is charged with felony sexual misconduct.

Secretary Julie Jones said, “FDC’s Office of Inspector General has taken swift action to arrest this officer for his grossly inappropriate and illegal involvement with an inmate at Lowell Correctional. There is no place in this Department for staff who engage in misconduct, and I am confident Warden Gartman and her leadership team will continue to ensure all officers at Lowell are treating inmates with respect and conducting themselves in an appropriate and professional manner.”

The Department is moving forward with Officer Jefferson’s immediate dismissal. The Department will conduct an after-action review to determine what recommended changes are necessary to prevent future misconduct.

Following the arrest, Jefferson was transported to the Marion County Jail. The OIG acknowledges the cooperation and assistance provided by Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods and State Attorney Brad King of the 5th Judicial Circuit.

For more information visit the Department's Office of Inspector General.

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

Social security numbers. § 119.071(5)(a), F.S

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 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).

119.071[2][e], F.S., exempting all information “revealing the substance of a confession” by a person arrested until there is a final disposition in the case.


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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