Fellows Retires, Sheriff Discusses Deputies Perception of Vermillion
Alachua County, FL -- Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell lost another member of her command staff after a meeting Tuesday afternoon.
Major Mike Fellows chose to retire, rather than be demoted to Lieutenant, which was his punishment for failing to supervise former Captain Keith Vermillion. In his testimony, Major Fellows said the Sheriff and Chief Deputy David Huckstep knew that Vermillion's actions had severed ties with the Gainesville Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Fellows also said the Sheriff and Chief Deputy knew Vermillion imparted confidential information to a private investigator who was a former co-worker of his in Miami, and the actions of the private investigator caused a lead suspect to skip town.
When asked if she had any reason to apologize to the deputies, Darnell responded, "not that I've intentionally done, no, let me know if I've done something they think I need to apologize for."
The Sheriff agreed to an interview with TV20 regarding Major Fellows' investigation, but she cut it short because she objected to our questions regarding Vermillion.
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