DETECTIVE V. STATE ATTORNEY - May 8, 2003
FOX13 Investigates has learned that Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober is being sued.
A police officer who's been on the Tampa PD for almost 20 years filed the lawsuit today.
Det. Dale "Chip" DeBlock accuses Ober of making false and defamatory statements. DeBlock is the same detective we've been telling you about for more than a year who claims his career was ruined after he tried to expose corruption at the Hillsbrough County Courthouse.
he wants Ober to pay for ruining his career:
is still a detective with the Tampa Police Dept. But he no longer works
undercover investigating the sex industry. He says he was reassigned after
he discovered evidence of corruption at the Hillsborough County State
just days after police internal affairs cleared DeBlock of any
be remiss in my duty," Ober told FOX13 two years ago, "if we were to call
him as a witness in a case, he has no use to us because he has no
says Ober's remarks permanently damaged his reputation.
police officer all you have is your credibility," DeBlock told
Investigative Reporter Glenn Selig. "To this day I cannot go to church, a
high school reunion... without someone bringing something about this
lawsuit is filed against Ober individually and in his capacity as state
damages in excess of $15-thousand.
was filed late in the afternoon. Ober's office had no
being removed from the Criminal Intelligence Bureau (CIB), DeBlock has
been transferred several times from one division to another.
now investigating domestic violence.
Hillsborough County Commissioners
Gov. Jeb Bush