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Press Release
November 28, 2018
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Florida Correctional Officers Arrested

PERRY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Corrections’ (FDC) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced the arrests of correctional officer Steven Hall, correctional officer Kenneth Hightower and sergeant Richard Tuten. Hightower is charged with battery of an inmate, and Hall and Tuten are charged with battery of an inmate and falsifying reports.

Following the arrests, the officers were transported to the Taylor County Jail. The OIG acknowledges the cooperation and assistance provided by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney Jeff Siegmeister of the 3rd Judicial Circuit of Florida.

For more information on the Department’s Office of the Inspector General, please visit: http://www.dc.state.fl.us/orginfo/ig.html.

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

Medical, psychological, and dental records, without a properly executed DC4-711B Consent for Release form. § 945.10(1)(a), 456.057(7)(a), F.S., 45 C.F.R., § 164.502

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 regarding a victim’s statement and identity. § 945.10(1)(f); 119.071(2)(j), F.S

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