DCF: Lake County child protective investigator arrested

Department of Children and Families says incident took place in early October

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LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - The Department of Children and Families says a Lake County child protective investigator has been arrested.

The incident, which led to the woman's arrest, took place earlier in October and did not occur while the employee was serving in a professional capacity or during working hours, according to DCF.

The employee notified the agency of the arrest in a timely manner. Authorities said she has not had client contact since and has been placed on leave.

Initially, DCF offered the employee the opportunity to resign, however, DCF said that was declined. She has since been provided a notice of intent to dismiss regarding her employment.

DCF said the employee has the opportunity to respond to the agency at an upcoming hearing where the department will take her account of the circumstances into consideration.

The individual has been employed with the agency for approximately two years, according to DCF. A preliminary review of her personnel file did not reveal any disciplinary actions.

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