November 6, 2019
Former Correctional Officer Arrested
MADISON, Fla. — The Florida Department of Corrections’ (FDC) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced the arrest of former correctional officer Christopher Cooks. Cooks is charged with unlawful compensation, disclosure or use of confidential criminal justice information, unlawful use of a two-way communication device, conspiracy to introduce contraband, compounding felony, tampering with evidence.
Cooks turned himself in to the Madison County Jail. The OIG acknowledges the cooperation and assistance provided by State Attorney Jeffrey A. Siegmeister of the 3rd Judicial Circuit of Florida and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
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 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.
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 95,000 inmates and supervises nearly 164,000 offenders in the community.