November 19, 2018
Contraband Cell Phone Data Leads to Multiple Arrests
MILTON, Fla. — The Florida Department of Corrections’ (FDC) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced the arrest of Correctional Officers Olivia Braswell, Mia Martinez-Welch, Former Correctional Officer Trainee Leslie Penrod, Former Correctional Officer Caitlyn Handley and Civilian Geraldine Bauer.
These individuals have been arrested as a result of an ongoing investigation into an organized effort to introduce contraband into Santa Rosa Correctional Institution, Annex and Work Camp. Charges vary among each individual, but primarily consist of unlawful compensation, introduction of contraband, official misconduct, gang-related activities and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
There are other suspects implicated in this on-going investigation and additional warrants are expected to be issued in the near future.
For more information visit the Department's Office of Inspector General.
Click here to see the affidavits. 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.
Information, which if released, would jeopardize a person’s safety. § 945.10(1)(e), F.S.
Active criminal investigation or criminal intelligence information. § 119.071(2)(c), F.S.
119.071[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.