PS POSTPolice inquiry reveals Sexual relationship with former DeputFri Feb 17, 2017 02:422604:2d80:4019:83b8:6dc8:9c0:da20:a397A Rhode Island woman gave him more than $100,000 in cash and gifts, according to police.
By Carlos R. Munoz
SARASOTA — A former Sarasota County sheriff's deputy
Frank Bybee,accused of trying to defraud a 79-year-old Sarasota woman and later attempting to murder her was also maintaining a long-distance sexual relationship with a Rhode Island woman who paid him more $100,000 in cash and gifts, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.
The Rhode Island woman contacted the Sheriff's Office after reading about former deputy Frank Bybee's arrest, and later detailed her "illicit relationship" with him — including personal encounters and sexual acts, some performed in his patrol car via a phone app — in an hour-long conversation with authorities.
The name of the woman, who spends winters in Southwest Florida, is being withheld to protect her identity.
Her statement to two Sarasota Sheriff's detectives who spoke with her Jan. 27 in Warwick, Rhode Island, prompted a second Internal Affairs investigation into the 46-year-old Bybee. The Sheriff's Office already had moved to terminate Bybee based on an IA inquiry from Dec. 20, 2016, which found there was enough information to sustain allegations of moral character, conduct unbecoming and conformance with laws, on top of criminal charges.
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On Jan. 23, the deputies arrested Bybee after he allegedly went to the home of the 79-year-old woman he had befriended during a call for medical help in October to try and kill the woman for telling his supervisor he was harassing her. The Sheriff's Office put him on administrative leave Jan. 9, and the woman alleges that he came into her house Jan. 12 and attempted to strangle her, force pills down her throat and asphyxiate her with carbon dioxide.
Bybee was paid a base salary of $66,406 and $1,560 salary incentive until he was terminated Jan. 31, the Sheriff's Office said.
Following a bond hearing in which Sarasota County Judge Thomas Krug drastically reduced Bybee's more than $1 million bond to $380,120, new charges were filed that allege he sent emails to the 79-year-old woman's doctor, which included a suicide note, and that he withdrew money from the woman's account at ATMs throughout Sarasota and Manatee County.
Because of the the email sent to her doctor, the elderly woman was hospitalized under the Baker Act, which allows law enforcement, health professionals and judges to involuntarily commit people who are considered a threat to themselves for up to 72 hours.
Bybee is scheduled to appear in court on March 1 for a motion filed by his lawyer Charles Britt asking to withdraw as his counsel. The Bradenton attorney said "facts and circumstances have recently arisen that have caused a conflict of interest" in the case. He said he can no longer effectively represent the defendant.
The Sheriff's Office released a recording of the audio interview with the Rhode Island woman following a public records request for the second IA report. It is not part of the criminal investigation into Bybee but the results were submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Bybee's relationship with the Rhode Island woman was revealed Feb. 7, when charges of fraud and computer crimes against the 79-year-old woman were added.
During her interview with detectives, the Rhode Island woman explained her relationship with Bybee, saying her marriage was struggling and that she was "just looking for attention; it didn't matter whether it was positive or negative."
The woman said she liked "bad boys" and her husband was the opposite.
Her father-in-law originally met Bybee while looking for a dog and introduced him to the rest of his family. Their families spent Christmastime together in Boston and the woman said Bybee watched her father-in-law's winter house in Manatee County.
She said their relationship started when Bybee hinted about his interest in women.
"He said I like talking to you and stuff and he said I like women," she said. "But I don't do it for nothing.
"I get paid for this."
The woman said Bybee was agitated when she called him a gigolo. "Call a spade a spade; you're a gigolo," she replied. "That's what it is."
The business deal started with photos and progressed into a sexual encounter in Boston, she said in the audio released by the Sheriff's Office. The woman said she paid Bybee $5,000 for the initial encounter. They agreed to $500 after that and $500 for her to watch Bybee perform sexual acts with a video app.
The woman said some of the encounters occurred in hotels in Sarasota and Manatee counties, while Bybee would sometimes perform using the app while on duty in his patrol car.
She said she made payments through his PayPal account.
The woman said she purchased a camper for Bybee and gave him $20,000 to purchase a Jeep he liked, according to the Internal Affairs report. She also accompanied him to a credit union where she paid off a loan for him valued at approximately $30,000, and gave him other gifts.
"The TV that's hanging in his living room is from me; his watch is from me; his iPhone and iPad is from me," she said.
She said her husband noticed the money missing from their account, but she said she told him she loaned it to Bybee and that he paid most of it back. In reality, she told Sarasota County authorities, he didn't "pay a dime." Her husband was aware of the text messages Bybee had sent to his wife, and on multiple occasions asked him to stop.
Detectives asked the woman if Bybee ever threatened to harm her. Bybee was initially charged with battery and attempting to strangle, asphyxiate and poison with carbon dioxide, a 79-year-old woman he befriended while on duty last October.
"I can say I never felt physically threatened by him," she said. "He never grabbed me. He just didn't. That's why I find it hard to believe with what's happened.
"The money I believe. Hurting someone, I find that hard to believe."
The last time Bybee and the woman talked was around the new year, according to her statements.
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Joseph Corlett Rank 0
If I could get $100K for banging chicks, I'd be a billionaire. I sure as hell wouldn't keep my deputy job. Maybe the uniform in case she liked that kinda thing.
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Paul Vincent Zecchino Rank 0
Does this sound to you as if this fellow was schooled by the estate grifters who run a nationwide estate grifting racket from the Rhode Island court system?
Sending a spoof note to a judge to get the innocent target of the grift Baker Acted? Wow, does this sound like the gag pulled by Jerry Visconti, Dorothy Lavelle Adams, Helen O'Keefe, and George Allen Wilson, II, who hoaxed up a phony restraining order in the Zecchino Estate Grift? It's the same move, isn't it?
And it's a most unique and clearly well practiced move as well, is it not? This is just the tip of the iceberg. Millions are grifted every year from unsuspecting seniors and other vulnerable parties by thugs with law degrees and their human garbage, estate grifting comperes.
This is a very sophisticated move, spoofing a judge to get a troublesome mark locked up to protect the grift, isn't it?
Doesn't this suggest grifters who are well schooled, practiced, and cunning? In The Zecchino Estate Grift, wasn't the purpose of the lies stated in the restraining order to first separate the elderly mark from his offspring and inheritor as well as all family and friends, in order that the 'new family' comprised of the above state vermin could move in and separate him from millions?
It's the same moves, over and over, in estate grifts, and once one sees them, it's impossible to blind oneself to them. There's a much bigger story here. Look to Rhode Island for some of the major players.« less
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Terry Lubkey Rank 0
Somehow cops are beginning to look better in their orange uniforms than their green ones, lol.
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danksrq Rank 0
Maybe some extreme vetting of applicants is in order.
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The Baker Act allows for involuntary examination (what some call emergency or involuntary commitment). It can be initiated by judges, law enforcement officials, physicians, or mental health professionals. There must be evidence that the person: possibly has a mental illness (as defined in the Baker Act).
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The Florida Mental Health Act of 1971 (Florida Statute 394.451-394.47891 (2009 rev.)), commonly known as the "Baker Act," allows the involuntary institutionalization and examination of an individual.
The Baker Act allows for involuntary examination (what some call emergency or involuntary commitment).
It can be initiated by judges, law enforcement officials, physicians, or mental health professionals. There must be evidence that the person: possibly has a mental illness (as defined in the Baker Act).
Is a harm to self, harm to others, or self neglectful (as defined in the Baker Act).
Examinations may last up to 72 hours after a person is deemed medically stable and occur in over 100 Florida Department of Children and Families-designated receiving facilities statewide.
There are many possible outcomes following examination of the patient.
This includes the release of the individual to the community (or other community placement), a petition for involuntary inpatient placement (what some call civil commitment), involuntary outpatient placement (what some call outpatient commitment or assisted treatment orders), or voluntary treatment (if the person is competent to consent to voluntary treatment and consents to voluntary treatment).
The involuntary outpatient placement language in the Baker Act took effect as part of the Baker Act reform in 2005.
The act was named for a Florida state representative from Miami, Maxine Baker, who had a strong interest in mental health issues, served as chair of a House Committee on Mental Health, and was the sponsor of the bill.
The nickname of the legislation has led to the term "Baker Act" as a transitive verb, and "Baker Acted" as a passive-voice verb, for invoking the Act to force an individual's commitment.
Although the Baker Act is a statute only for the state of Florida, use of "Baker Acting" as a verb has become prevalent as a slang term for involuntary commitment in other regions of the United States.[not in citation given]
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Maxine E. Baker, Originator Of State's Baker Act, Dies
February 1, 1994|By Jim Abbott of The Sentinel Staff
ORANGE CITY — Maxine E. Baker, a former Florida state Legislator and advocate for the rights of the mentally ill, died Friday at John Knox Village Medical Center. She was 95.
Born in Maryland and raised in Washington, D.C., Baker moved to Florida in the early 1920s. As a Miami resident, she helped found the Dade County League of Women Voters in 1940. Later, she would represent the league as president and lobbyist.
She also was elected to five terms as member of the state House of Representatives, where she served from 1963 to 1972. As chairman of the House Committee on Mental Health and Retardation, she emerged as one of the first legislators to propose treatment of mental illness that would not sacrifice a patient's rights and dignity.
Her views became law in 1971 when the Legislature adopted the Baker Act, which called for treatment in community receiving stations and short-term programs rather than by prolonged commitment to state hospitals.
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