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Pinellas deputy fired for comments during sex investigation

CLEARWATER — A Pinellas sheriff’s deputy was fired today for having made inappropriate remarks to a 17-year-old rape victim, according to an internal affairs memorandum.

On two occasions in July, Deputy Paul Martin used profane terms to describe sexual acts and body parts in front of the teen, and mentioned to her that he went to strip clubs, the memorandum says. Martin also raised the issue of a particular sex act, even though the act was not allegedly committed.

Martin also made derogatory remarks about his own ex-wife to the victim, the memorandum says. And, he said things such as “I own you,” and “I control your destiny” – remarks that are not typically included in the array of techniques used by investigators questioning a potential rape victm.

The victim described Martin as “harsh, blunt, not concerned,“ the memorandum states. She described his interview as “awkward, weird, random, blunt, rude, harsh and uncomfortable.”

“It kind of made me lose respect for him,” she told internal affairs investigators.

A factor contributing to Martin’s termination was the fact he had two prior substantive sets of violations that resulted in long suspensions, in 2011. The details to those cases were not immediately available.

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