2 Lakeland police officers fired amid sex scandal

Officers fired for conduct unbecoming and other charges

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LAKELAND, Fla. - Two sergeants have been fired for their part in a widespread sex scandal involving nearly a dozen Lakeland police officers after a civilian crime analyst detailed trysts with the men in police and fire stations, patrol cars, motels and even in a parking lot after a memorial service for a slain officer.

Sue Eberle told officials she had consensual and sometimes coerced sex with the officers and a firefighter, and that she once was propositioned by a city worker. Eberle's accounts were largely corroborated by her sexual partners and others within the police department, and published in a graphic report by the county's top prosecutor.

The Ledger reports Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack fired Sgts. David Woolverton and Rusty Longaberger on Monday for conduct unbecoming, failure to report misconduct and neglect of duty.

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