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NAPLES — A veteran Collier County sheriff’s deputy was arrested this afternoon on charges that he engaged in on-duty sexual activity with a 15-year-old boy at the Coastland Center mall.
Chuck Bullock, 51, was charged with lewd or lascivious battery, a second-degree felony, and official misconduct, a third-degree felony.
According to Naples police, on Feb. 17, mall employees reported suspicious behavior between a man, later identified as Bullock, and the 15-year-old. Bullock had been looking over the divider wall between two stalls.
Both Bullock and the 15-year-old initially denied that any inappropriate activity occurred. However, when questioned the next day, the teen admitted that he and Bullock had, in fact, had sexual contact inside the Coastland mall bathroom.
According to Naples police, Bullock would frequently go to the Coastland mall, near a coffee shop, in order to meet with co-workers. He would then leave in a separate direction from his colleagues and would walk to the area of the food court restrooms where he had sexual encounters with the boy, Naples police reported.
Several attempts to reach Bullock at his North Naples home in early March were unsuccessful. When reached on his agency-issued cell phone in mid-April and asked about the allegations at the mall, he hung up.
"I won’t be talking to you," he said. "Thank you."
Bullock, who has a degree in management from International College, earns $62,223.72 a year, according to his personnel file.
He started in law enforcement in 1991 with the Hubbard Township Police Department in Ohio, where he served for about two years before being hired in 1993 by the Youngstown Police Department, also in Ohio.
Bullock was hired by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 17, 1996. Prior to being hired in Collier County, he passed a polygraph test, a psychological test and a psychological interview.
In November 1998, Bullock resigned from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and took at job as a police officer in Bartow, near Tampa, "based on rate of pay and a lower cost of living," according to his file. However, he was rehired by the Sheriff’s Office fewer than four months later because, as he wrote, "the Bartow position did not work out for my family."
Bullock’s performance evaluations have generally been good over the years. In his most recent evaluation, completed in February 2009, he met or exceeded standards, and was called "very professional" and "understanding of applicable laws related to the civil process."
However, in 2005, Bullock’s supervisor at the time, Sgt. Katherine Guerrette, was critical of his attitude, productivity and willingness to accept instructions.
“Bullock has a hard time communicating with others,” Guerrette wrote. “I have received complaints that he is not helpful on tasks and portrays a negative attitude while on scenes and in his office.”
Bullock appealed the evaluation, claiming it was biased due to a negative working relationship between Guerrette and him
Why don't we just all go to the private LEO only forums on here, that way we don't have to put up with outsiders that haven't a clue as to what our job or position is concerning situations such as this? All you have to do is prove that you're either an LEO or retired LEO and you can get in, others cannot.
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