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 March 26th, 2009  
FDLE again rejects baseless allegations against St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara
 
For the second time, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has rejected baseless allegations by a former St. Lucie County deputy against Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

“The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has definitively addressed a former deputy’s allegations against me,” Sheriff Mascara said. “For the second time, FDLE has determined that these allegations are without any merit whatsoever.”

According to FDLE’s investigative report, “The complaint was submitted by Cameron Bates, a former deputy with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. this matter involved Bates’ wife, Barbara Bates, and circumstances surrounding her 1995 resignation as a Corrections Deputy with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.”

The report says that Bates launched a series of legal actions against Sheriff Mascara over a document prepared five years before Sheriff Mascara took office in 2001 by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office under the administration of the previous Sheriff.

“Civil actions filed against me by Cameron and Barbara Bates have not resulted in any recovery against me or the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Mascara said. “His attempt to convert information gathered in the civil actions into criminal complaints also has failed. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has laid the matter to rest.”

Cameron Bates was a St. Lucie County Deputy Sheriff from May 1998 to June 2006. Barbara Bates was a St. Lucie County Deputy Sheriff from August 1995 to June 1996. * * *

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