Marco policeman resigns; woman, 20, alleged he threatened her

Marco Island Police Department Sgt. James Inlow

The Marco Island policeman who was the subject of a Sheriff's Office investigation into alleged threats has resigned.

A Collier County Sheriff's Office report states Sgt. James Inlow threatened a woman he allegedly had a sexual relationship with for more than two years. The woman said Inlow threatened her during a confrontation with her and his wife outside the Marco Starbucks the evening of Aug. 23, 2017, the report states.

Inlow, 45, was not arrested, and the case was closed Sept. 5 after the woman, 20, decided not to cooperate with sheriff's investigators.

Inlow was put on administrative leave with pay Aug. 24 but was reinstated Sept. 7 when the Marco Police Department closed its internal investigation, based on the closure of the Sheriff's Office investigation.

Marco police opened a new internal investigation in January and Inlow was put back on administrative leave.

Inlow resigned Thursday morning, but the internal investigation is still active, said Marco Police Capt. Dave Baer, who would not comment further on the situation until the investigation is closed.

MIPD Capt. Dave Baer

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Neither Inlow nor the woman, 20, in the August incident on Marco Island could be reached to comment Thursday afternoon. The Daily News is not naming the woman because of the nature of the alleged incident.

According to the Sheriff's Office incident report, the woman's father found out about Inlow's relationship with his daughter and emailed Inlow's wife.

Inlow's wife and the other woman decided to confront Inlow together, and Inlow's wife told him to meet her outside Starbucks.

Inlow got upset when he saw the two women and began yelling profanities at the younger woman, the report states.

The woman told a sheriff's deputy that Inlow, who was on duty at the time, had his hand on his weapon during the confrontation, causing the woman to fear for her life.

However, Inlow's wife disputed he ever reached for his gun.

Both women told investigators that Inlow made references to hurting his alleged lover.

“If you try to contact my family again, I will kill you,” the officer told the younger woman, according to her statement reported by investigators.

“This is how lives get ruined; I could have shot you back there,” Inlow said, according to the statement his wife gave to investigators.