G.P.D. Chief Norman Botsford refused to comment about the investigation, but Gainesville City Officials tried to shed some light on the situation.
"It's of concern because these are the men and women who make Gainesville safe," Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan said.
According to sources, one of those men, Capt. Ray Weaver had his office taped-off Friday when F.D.L.E. investigators started their probe.
"It's being handled by F.D.L.E. partly because this is such a high-level position at G.P.D. and because he has overseen the Internal Affairs organization for many years," Hanrahan explained
Weaver has worked for the police department for almost 26 years; an internal investigation must be headed by another G.P.D. Captain, so F.D.L.E. was called-in to assist.
"We're very comfortable in having an outside agency run an internal investigation because we want to keep things above board," Commissioner Jeanna Mastrodicasa said.
Sources told WCJB that F.D.L.E. technicians removed a portion of carpet for D.N.A. testing and a computer hard-drive from Weaver's office Friday and the officer who made the complaint against Weaver has been reassigned.
"They came from a fellow employee within G.P.D.," Hanrahan confirmed. "I understand it was someone who also has a respected career within the department."
While Chief Botsford would not answer any question, he did announce Capt. Lynne Benck will temporarily head the Internal Affairs unit, and she will share Weaver's duties with the other two captains in the department. Weaver was in-charge of administrative services, before returning from vacation Monday and being placed on a paid adminstrative leave of absence.
"I have full confidence in whatever decisions are made by the city staff," Mastrodicasa said.
Hanrahan said she understands the strains of being a police officer, but every city employee must be held to the same standards.
"They're critically important," Hanrahan affirmed. "They're among our biggest departments and our most important."
By Ted Latiak, WCJB TV20 News.
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