Marco cop thought to have failed to report another officer having sex on duty promoted to supervisor

Devan Patel
Marco Eagle
Marco Island police officer Brian Granneman, left, is being promoted to a supervisory position months after being reprimanded for not reporting that another officer was having sex on duty.

The Marco Island police officer who did not inform his superiors that another officer was having sex on duty has been promoted to a supervisory position.

Police Chief Al Schettino announced the promotion of Detective Brian Granneman to sergeant effective Nov. 26 via an email to police staff on Monday.

Granneman replaces former Sgt. Matt Goetz, who retired from the department earlier this month to take a position with the Collier County Sheriff's Office.

The Marco Island Police Department began an internal affairs investigation into Granneman on May 7 after texts messages and interviews implicated him in knowing that former Sgt. James Inlow had engaged in sex while on duty.

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The woman involved with Inlow was the same person who also alleged that she had sex on duty with former Sgt. Neil Giansanti and Officer Kevin Hennings.

While Inlow and Giansanti resigned prior to the conclusion of investigations into their conduct, investigators found the allegations to be credible based upon interviews with the woman and her sister as well as text and instant messages, photos and a video taken from the woman's computer and cell phone.

The department terminated Hennings, who has denied any wrongdoing, in September after concluding that he had also engaged in sex on duty.

In a memo from Granneman's personnel file, Schettino wrote that he believed Granneman "had direct knowledge from (name redacted) through text messages that former Sergeant Inlow was engaging in a sexual relationship while he was on duty."

Investigators found text messages from the woman's phone in which she told Granneman in July 2015 about an encounter with Inlow at Tigertail Beach.

Woman: “Did I tell you me and James finally went to Tigertail Beach”
Granneman: “No, Tigertail is a good quiet spot haha”
Woman: “Oh I know and we were in my car too”

Granneman also texted the woman weeks later about what locations to avoid. Her response to Granneman's text message was "He's scouting now" before texting back "Tigertail." 

In an interview with investigators, Granneman said that he had no definitive proof that the woman and Inlow, who was his direct supervisor at the time, had been engaging in sex while on duty.

Although Granneman said he never witnessed the act, he said that he was told by the woman that she and Inlow had sex while he was on duty. 

Granneman told investigators that he approached Inlow about his relationship with the woman but felt uncomfortable moving forward after he had denied impropriety.

The woman also said that she slept with Granneman on two occasions after she turned 18-years-old while he off duty and that he provided alcohol to her while she was underage.

A woman that was involved with multiple Marco Island police officers told cops that Officer Brian Granneman also provided her with alcohol when she was underage.

Granneman denied providing alcohol to the woman while she was underage during his interview with investigators. Capt. Richard Stoltenborg wrote in the internal affairs report that there was insufficient evidence to prove the woman's allegations about alcohol.

The investigation resulted in the department sustaining two violations of policy policies, employee responsibilities and non-compliance and directives.

The only form of punishment Granneman received was a letter of reprimand and the recommendation that he not be promoted to the rank of sergeant from a promotion eligibility list that expired the following day. Schettino, however, opened the door for Granneman to participate in the next promotional process, which resulted in this promotion.

"Due to your excellent work ethic and the fact that you have no previous disciplinary history, I consider the violations a lapse of judgment due to the precarious position you were in with your direct supervisor," Schettino wrote.

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