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More Charges for Deputy Connected to Bybee case
Sat May 6, 2017 04:19

More charges for deputy connected to Bybee case
Former Deputy Frank Eugene Bybee, 46, an 18-year employee of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, burglary, and exploitation of the elderly. [HERALD-TRIBUNE STAFF PHOTO / CARLOS R. MUNOZ]
Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Carson Plank, 23, has been placed on administrative leave pending criminal and internal investigations. [SARASOTA COUNTY SHERIFF’S

The Sheriff’s Office has charged deputy Carson Lee Plank with tampering with physical evidence, a felony.

By Staff report
Posted May 5, 2017 at 4:42 PM
Updated May 5, 2017 at 5:49 PM

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has again charged deputy Carson Lee Plank in connection with the investigation involving former deputy Frank Eugene Bybee. Detectives charged Plank with tampering with physical evidence, a felony charge that carries a $1,500 bond. Plank posted bond and was released.

Plank was one of the first to respond to the home of a 79-year-old woman who said Bybee came into her house and attempted to kill her. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Plank intentionally ignored the victim’s report and physical evidence at the scene in an attempt to cover up the crime. Plank was arrested on Feb. 9, 2017, and charged with providing false information during an investigation.

As the investigation continued, detectives indicated they uncovered text messages between Plank and Bybee that confirm her involvement in an attempt to cover up a crime. In addition to a digital photo showing blood and hair evidence inside the victim’s home — which detectives say was never submitted to the Sheriff’s Office — detectives detail a text message sent to Bybee in which Plank wrote, “Frankie, she said you tried to kill her.” According to the Sheriff’s Office, she assured Bybee a few minutes later “... we squashed it.”

Plank remains employed at the Sheriff’s Office but is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal and internal investigations.

Bybee has pleaded not guilty to 19 counts: attempted murder in the first degree, burglary of a structure with assault, exploitation of an elderly person or disabled adult, three counts of offenses against users of computers, computer systems, computer networks and electronic devices, and 13 counts of fraudulent use of personal identification information.

Bybee’s trial is set for Sept. 5-15 under Judge Thomas Krug, according to court documents. Prosecutor Karen Fraivillig expects the trial to take the full two weeks.

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