A former Florida Department of Corrections officer has been arrested on multiple corruption charges, according to a press release from the First Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office.
Rea Nicole Sweatt, who resigned in March, was charged with racketeering, tampering with witnesses, forgery, uttering forged instruments, official misconduct and making false official statements.
The charges were the result of a joint investigation between the Florida Department of Corrections, the Office of the Inspector General and the Office of the State Attorney. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Highway Patrol also assisted, the release said.
It is alleged that from March of 2018 to February of 2019, while employed as a senior probation and community control officer, Sweatt failed to properly supervise 14 felony offenders in Okaloosa County.
It is further alleged that to conceal her conduct, she falsified required weekly supervision records which were maintained and relied on by the Florida Department of Corrections. During the investigation, it is alleged that Sweatt contacted multiple offenders and instructed them to testify falsely if anyone contacted them about their supervision.
The Office of State Attorney and the Florida Department of Corrections, Office of Inspector General will continue the investigation. Members of the public who wish to report information regarding this case may contact Florida Department of Corrections, Office of Inspector General, Investigator Stacy Harris, at 850-981-5011.