Marco Island fires police officer caught up in sex scandal
The Marco Island Police Department has fired an officer connected to the sex scandal that forced the resignations of two other officers earlier this year.
Officer Kevin Hennings was terminated effective immediately following the conclusion of an internal affairs investigation that began on March 29 and sustained multiple violations of police policy.
In an email to the City Council and all city employees, Capt. Dave Baer wrote, "Hennings was found to have violated General Orders associated with Conduct (Non-Compliance with Directives, Integrity, and Conduct Unbecoming) and telecommunications."
"This investigation and subsequent outcome serves to provide a clear message the Marco Island Police Department takes all violations of general orders or policy seriously," Baer wrote in his email. "Hennings’ actions are contrary to Departmental guidelines, moreover, undermined public trust. The men and women of the Marco Island Police Department seek to continue the partnership of trust with the community, serving with honor and integrity."
The investigation was the fourth completed by the Marco Island Police Department in relation to officers having sex on duty.
In January, the father of a woman that had a two-year relationship with Sgt. James Inlow contacted Chief Al Schettino with evidence that supported unethical conduct by the officer.
The police department contacted the Collier County Sheriff's Office to review the case for criminal activity and a forensic download from the woman's phone and computer.
The Sheriff's Office did not find any criminal activity but it revealed potential policy violations by other officers.
Although Inlow and Sgt. Neil Giansanti resigned prior to their internal affairs investigations being completed, they both were found to have had sex on duty at separate times with the same woman,
Detective Brian Granneman was found to have known about the woman's relationship with Inlow and issued a reprimand for not reporting the conduct to leadership.
The Marco Island Police Department has not released the details of Hennings' violations.
Hennings was hired on Nov. 6, 2000, according to payroll records. His salary at the time of his termination was $72,231.43.
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