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2 Brevard deputies fired after allegedly participating in prostitution, sheriff says

Case still under investigation

Brevard County press conference
Brevard County press conference (WKMG / JUSTIN WARMOTH)

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Two Brevard County deputies are off the job after participating in prostitution, according to the Sheriff's Office.

"I'm absolutely disgusted by the actions of these two individuals," Sheriff Wayne Ivey said at a news conference Sunday.

The two now former deputies were clients of Mary Derossett, 42, whose uncle shot Deputy John "Casey" Smith last month in a Port St. John neighborhood, according to Sheriff Ivey.

Investigators say Deputy Smith was in the process of arresting Derossett for prostitution that night when John Derossett opened fire.

After the arrests of the Derossetts, Sheriff Ivey says his agents began sifting through records at the home. They then found an entire archive of names, including those of the deputies.

"I'm absolutely sickened by two people that took the oath of office to protect our citizens, violated their oath, and quite frankly did everything they could to embarrass themselves and the great profession we serve," said Sheriff Ivey.

At this point, the names of the deputies have not been released, but according to Sheriff Ivey one is 29 years old and had 22 months of service, and the other is 56 years old with 14 years of service.

The case is now in the hands of the State Attorney's Office.

While the findings are a tough pill to swallow for the sheriff, there's something much more important to him.

"The most important thing for me is that the individual who shot Casey never sets foot on soil unless he's got bars in front of him," said Sheriff Ivey.

Deputy Smith is still recovering at the hospital, but could be released in the next few weeks.


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