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Press Release
November 21, 2017
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Correctional Officer Arrested Following OIG Investigation

BRISTOL, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) Office of Inspector General (OIG) arrested Correctional Officer Ryan Essman today following an OIG criminal investigation. Essman has been charged with unlawful compensation and introduction of contraband.

Following the arrest, Essman was transported to the Liberty County Jail. The Florida Department of Corrections Office of Inspector General acknowledges the cooperation and assistance provided by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office in the 2nd Judicial Circuit.

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

Click here to see the affidavit. 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 § 119.071 (4)(d), F.S. and 945.10(1)(e), F.S.

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.

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As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 97,000 inmates and supervises nearly 167,000 offenders in the community.

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