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04-03-2012, 07:19 PM
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Patrick Joseph Burt (The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office / April 3, 2012)


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By Cynthia Roldan, The Palm Beach Post

2:31 p.m. EDT, April 3, 2012
A Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy was arrested on Monday after he was accused of using Sheriff's Office resources to stalk his ex-girlfriend — including driving to Boca Raton while on duty in Wellington to post harassing signs and flyers at her job.

On Tuesday, a judge ordered Patrick Joseph Burt, 31, held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. He is facing stalking charges.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Burt was arrested after detectives initiated an investigation on Feb. 21 into his alleged actions. His ex-girlfriend, whose name is being withheld because of the nature of the crime, reported that Burt was stalking and harassing her.

She told a Sheriff's Office detective that after breaking up in 2008, Burt asked that they still be friends. But she ended any type of contact with Burt in September 2011. Soon after, she started receiving harassing phone calls and text messages from Burt, according to the affidavit.


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The detective found that Burt used his marked patrol car to enter the woman's gated community in suburban Boca Raton in November, the affidavit stated. He also learned that a mechanic found a GPS deice attached to the undercarriage of the woman's car on Feb. 19.

Further, the woman reported that on Feb. 14, she found eight signs posted around her job that labeled her current boyfriend a "home wrecker and a cheater." There were also yellow-colored flyers posted on the building and elevator that named the woman's current boyfriend a "cheater who pursued another person's fiancé."

When confronted by the detective, Burt admitted to putting the GPS on his ex-girlfriend's car.

He also admitted to posting the flyers and signs. The detective pointed out in the affidavit that on that day — Feb. 14 — Burt was being paid to patrol Wellington when he drove to Boca Raton in his marked patrol car to post the "libelous and harassing signs and flyers."

An audit of Burt's inquiries through the Florida Driver and Vehicle Information Database also showed that he had searched the names of the woman's family members and her current boyfriend; a violation of the system's requirements, which restrict the database to be used for law enforcement purposes only.

Information concerning Burt's length of employment with the Sheriff's Office, and the status of his employment were not made immediately available.

04-05-2012, 03:55 PM
He will be back. Look at the other deputy that works here, has the same stalking/ harrassment allegations with numerous woman, not to mention DV, and still works here. Run some criminal histories on your co workers. This place has a 100% tolerance for these psychopaths- just don't get caught lying about it, they have a 0% tolerance for being a liar! :devil: -

04-06-2012, 12:55 AM
The Sheriff has authorized the Internal Affairs Division and the Criminal Investigation Division to actively pursue law breakers, including those who are part of the 4,000 employees who work for the agency. There are no attempts of coverup, just honest efforts to hold those accountable who make poor decisions in their lives.

04-06-2012, 05:44 PM
Does that include the sheriff who uses his credit card in violation of state law?

04-08-2012, 03:22 AM
How sad you know so little of the State Ethics procedures. The Sheriff did not commit a criminal violation in the use of the credit card. The reporting of the credit card was due to a factual fraudulent use of his card by an unknown person in Canada, along with the other cards of several other of the State's sheriffs who attended a conference. The silly little man who reported the Sheriff is none other then someone who is known for his embellishment of factual situations and has been identified by the courts as a sexual harrasser..
The paper wrote that a "prosecutor" stated the use of the card for lunches was a violation of the State ethics code. That is an interpretation by an Ethics Commission staffer and was reported by the staff person, not a prosecutor.
The entire commission found the complaint by disgruntled former deputy, (who left the agency under a work performance plan and open Internal Affairs investigations, subsequently terminated by a small municipal department in Maine) without merit and voted unanimously to dismiss the complaint. Just like they did with all the other complaints filed by the same person.

04-10-2012, 02:53 PM
Ethics????? How do we employ criminals????? How do we continue to employ them AFTER they continue to add to their criminal histories? Yes it was this very sheriff that kept their employment. No cover up my a$$. How does a deputy make an arrest for the very things he has been arrested for himself. Forget just having the PC to arrest, but actually plead or be found guilty. SHERIFF you should be just as embarrassed as we are to work with these dirtbags.

04-10-2012, 05:49 PM
Apples don't fall far from the tree...

The blatant corruption of this dept. is nothing short of amazing.

04-14-2012, 10:29 PM
How sad you know so little of the State Ethics procedures. The Sheriff did not commit a criminal violation in the use of the credit card. The reporting of the credit card was due to a factual fraudulent use of his card by an unknown person in Canada, along with the other cards of several other of the State's sheriffs who attended a conference. The silly little man who reported the Sheriff is none other then someone who is known for his embellishment of factual situations and has been identified by the courts as a sexual harrasser..
The paper wrote that a "prosecutor" stated the use of the card for lunches was a violation of the State ethics code. That is an interpretation by an Ethics Commission staffer and was reported by the staff person, not a prosecutor.
The entire commission found the complaint by disgruntled former deputy, (who left the agency under a work performance plan and open Internal Affairs investigations, subsequently terminated by a small municipal department in Maine) without merit and voted unanimously to dismiss the complaint. Just like they did with all the other complaints filed by the same person.

Good to see you back on here Chief Deputy. nice for you to come on here making personal attacks to hide fact. It is clear you are trying to sway the opinions of people who havent read the documents in an effort to believe the Sheriff is a saint. The fraud in canada occurred in January 2011. He reported it, there was documentation on the fraud and the Sheriff got a new card. The complaint you are referring to was the Sheriffs 2nd fraud report he filed in MAY 2011 where he had no just cause. He was in a panic to hide the records and filled out the document.

Furthermore, the ethics commission wrote, and I quote directly from page 5 in the report:

"Based on the lack of statutory authority for hospitality and entertainment expenditures, Respondent's [that would be Sheriff Bradshaw] p-card purchases of meals for himself and others in the community are inconsistent with the proper performance of his public duties. However, to have violated the above provision, Respondent must have acted with reasonable notice that the conduct was inconsistent with the proper performance of his public duties and would be a violation of the law or code of ethics."

In other words, the ethics commission said Bradshaw's purchases were wrong except they were accepting the fact he's an idiot and doesn't know right from wrong.

Interestingly enough, Bradshaw didn't seem to think buying dinner for a guy who the FBI found has ties to the mafia was wrong. Using this logic, Bradshaw can break any laws he wants and since he has no moral compass whatsoever, he'll never be found guilty.

05-19-2012, 02:47 AM
This doesn't shock me. My ex is also D8 & he stalked me, used his green & white to enter my development unauthorized. He had his buddies follow me & pull me over. My development gave him a no tresspass warning. I made a formal complaint with IA & all they did was pass it to the District Captain who blew it off (& later "retired" after his ex gfriend complained to the sheriff that HE sent her a threatening letter on PBSO letter head for breaking up with him because he wouldn't leave his wife).
PBSO needs their heads examined.
I left the tri-county area.