A corporal with the Collier County Sheriff's Office had his law enforcement certification taken away for filling out a report saying he fingerprinted surfaces in a burglary case when he actually did not.
Cpl. Curtis Fussell of the North Naples patrol division also was given a letter of final warning and suspended for two days without pay, according to internal affairs documents. Because his law enforcement certification was removed, Fussell was reassigned to work in the Naples Jail Center, agency spokeswoman Michelle Batten said.
The reprimands stem from a November residential burglary in North Naples to which Fussell was assigned. In his report, Fussell said he processed a dresser for fingerprints with negative results, but the burglary victim later told investigators that Fussell did not do any fingerprinting.
Fussell later told investigators he failed to fingerprint surfaces inside the house but said the inaccuracy in his report was just a mistake. He was found to be in "wanton neglect in the performance of assigned duties."
In a separate internal investigation against Fussell in June, the corporal was given another letter of final warning and two days of unpaid suspension for using a state driver license database for non-work related purposes.
Batten said a final warning would not necessarily mean a Sheriff's Office employee would be fired upon his or her next offense, but that the internal affairs bureau would consider the circumstances around the violation.