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Ex Ind. Lt. Allegedly Forced Himself on Female Deputies


A former lieutenant with the Marion County Sheriff's Department faces seven felony charges, accused of forcing himself on female deputies.

Maurice Frazier, a 12-year employee of the department, was fired Friday after an internal and criminal investigation, said department spokesman Julio Fernandez.

Frazier was charged with four counts of sexual battery, two counts of official misconduct and one count of criminal confinement, all felonies, 6News' Joanna Massee reported.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Frazier forcibly touched two female deputies in a sexual manner, cornering them at work.

Frazier was formerly a lieutenant assigned to the jail division.

"The Marion County Sheriff's Department has zero tolerance for criminal misconduct within our ranks. Our internal/criminal investigation was promptly and properly conducted," Sheriff John Layton said in a news release. "This further demonstrates that we in public safety are bound by the same laws as the people that we serve. The public should demand no less, as we are their servants."

Layton said he's disappointed in Frazier and that the alleged assaults took place over a six-week period.

One of Frazier's co-workers told an investigator that Frazier liked to talk about female co-workers' bodies.

However, Frazier did not get in trouble until the allegations rose beyond talking.

Layton said Frazier had never been disciplined for anything related to sexual harassment.

According to court records, Frazier admitted to touching the deputies' private areas and said that he is a sexual addict.

The probable cause affidavit said Frazier is both a married man and a minister at an eastside church.

Layton said he hopes the case sends a message to other deputies.

"Just do your job and do what the people hire you to do," Layton said.

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