SEX SCANDAL III - March 14, 2003
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is responding to accusations that it covered up a sex scandal. The allegations came from a Tampa Police Detective who talked EXCLUSIVELY with Investigative Reporter Glenn Selig.
It comes down to who's telling the truth: A veteran police detective with 19 years on the job, or Florida's highest law enforcement agency: the FDLE.
Tampa Det. Dale "Chip" DeBlock says he knows what really happened. He gave two FDLE agents evidence of a sex scandal, case fixing and mob influence at the Hillsborough County State Attorney's office. But he says the agents who took his information ignored it. And later even said they never got it.
first told his story in a FOX13
EXCLUSIVE report that aired in November. He says he came across the
information while investigating Tampa's underground sex industry. But
after he came forward with the information and gave it to FDLE, Tampa
police reassigned him. He's filed a lawsuit against the Tampa Police Department
claiming it was retribution for trying to expose corrupt government
officials. He says his own department betrayed him, and so did
And now we have
FDLE's answer. In the Internal Inquiry report, the two agents admit they
got DeBlock's information. Turns out it was in a "file folder containing
miscellaneous documents." But the report also says, "FDLE personnel... did
not destroy or misplace any information delivered by Det. DeBlock." And
concludes that DeBlock's allegations of a cover-up are
There are some
obvious questions this report doesn't answer. Now that agents admit they
got leads about corruption from DeBlock, why didn't they believe they were
worthy of investigating? No one at FDLE was willing to talk on
They agreed to
meet with Glenn Selig privately.
none of it's true. And as a detective, he knows he gave agents information
that might've put some powerful people behind bars. He wants an
independent agency to investigate the FDLE.
someone's not telling the truth here," says DeBlock, "And someone needs to
be held accountable."