2 suspended in Marion County sheriff candidate investigation

FDLE investigates Dan Kuhn's extramarital affair allegations

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. - Marion County Sheriff's Office has suspended two employees with pay as a result of the investigation into former sheriff candidate Dan Kuhn, who was accused of an extramarital affair and violating internal department policies.

According to a release, Sheriff Ed Dean has suspended Major David Sperring of Special Investigations and Captain Charles Wiley of Emergency Management. It's not clear how the two were involved in the investigation.

Dean writes, "the agency is unable to comment further concerning the investigation other than that the investigation is ongoing."

Kuhn dropped out of the sheriff's race and resigned from the department last week after the allegations surfaced, resulting in an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement requested by Dean.

Dean said he received a complaint from an attorney representing Melissa Cook, the principal of an Ocala private school, saying she had an affair with Kuhn. In her complaint, she says the two engaged in sexual activity at MCSO while Kuhn was on duty and that Kuhn gave her the code for the front gate.

Cook's complaint said at least three other deputies knew about the affair but didn't tell the sheriff. The affair allegedly involves department property, vehicles, staff and the violation of internal policies.

The Marion County GOP will pick a sheriff's candidate replacement for Kuhn on Wednesday.

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