PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy has been fired after an internal investigation revealed he offered to pay a recently-arrested 18-year-old and her friend to come to his home.
The sheriff’s office says Deputy Brian Britt was terminated following an investigation into inappropriate conduct that happened between December 31, 2016 and January 10, 2017.
Paperwork from the sheriff’s office states that it began when Deputy Britt responded to a home in Oldsmar on December 31 to locate and arrest Dane’jah Kiesha Scott, 18, wanted for domestic battery.
Britt arrived at the scene and found the suspect wearing only a towel after just getting out of the shower. Britt followed the girl into the bathroom so she could get her ID and saw a second woman naked in the shower, according to the paperwork.
After Britt confirmed the suspect’s identity, he arrested and handcuffed her then took her to a second location to wait for a prisoner transportation van. Britt admitted that he removed the woman’s handcuffs while waiting even though he had not conducted a thorough search.
The paperwork states Deputy Britt then engaged Scott “in personal and flirtatious conversation” involving information about his financial status.
The two also discussed the suspect and her friend working as adult entertainers/dancers. According to the paperwork, Britt said he wanted to go to the club where the two worked during his off-duty time.
The next day, within minutes of the suspect being released from jail, investigators say Britt called Scott on his department cell phone at a number she gave during the investigation. Britt apparently said he did it because he “cared about her feelings” and felt that “in some way, she was probably arrested for something that didn’t occur.”
Britt is accused of continuing communication with Scott on his personal phone for seven to ten days after her release, including several texts that were flirtatious and involved personal information about his marital status. Britt also admitted to sending the woman a picture of himself dressed as “The Hulk.”
At one point during their conversations, investigators say Britt invited Scott and her friend over for “conversation” and offered each of them $100 for a one-hour visit.
When the women showed up at his Pasco County home, Britt testified that both showed signs of impairment. He also admitted that he was impaired after taking about 12 shots of tequila.
According to the sheriff, a conversation about the girls providing fetish services for money. Scott considered Britt a client.
The paperwork states Scott got angry when Britt started rubbing her thigh because it wasn’t part of the agreement about their visit. Britt is then accused of saying he would not pay them for “conversation.”
Scott then said she was angry they had driven hours to visit and wouldn’t be getting paid. Britt gave the pair gas as compensation and let them leave, even though paperwork states he suspected they were impaired.
Britt later testified that he invited the two over because he was drinking, depressed and wanted “interaction.” He also admitted his 11-year-old daughter was at home and sleeping at the time the women visited.
In a conclusion statement, Deputy Britt said, “I’m an idiot” and said he recognized that he made a “crucial and regretful error in judgment.”
The sheriff’s office became aware of the incident when Scott’s friend was involved in another incident and made a corporal aware of her interactions with Britt.
Britt had previously been disciplined in 2006 for accessing pornography on a sheriff’s office computer and in 2008 for flexing his muscles for a female juror in court.