Former Marco Island police officer charged after showing fake retirement ID during traffic stop
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A former Marco Island police officer's attempt to regain his position through arbitration may become moot after being arrested earlier this week.
Samantha Syoen, communications director for the state attorney's office, confirmed Kevin Hennings turned himself into Charlotte County Jail after being charged with one count of unlawful use of badges or other mark of authority.
The charge is a first-degree misdemeanor. Hennings was released.
Hennings was being sought after deputies say he produced a fake retirement ID two weeks ago after being pulled over by a Collier County Sheriff's Office deputy for speeding on East Tamiami Trail.
The police department never authorized or produced a retirement ID or badge for Hennings, who was fired in September 2018 after a department investigation concluded he had sex on duty.
"No, we did not issue a MIPD retirement ID nor a MIPD retirement badge to Kevin Hennings," Capt. Dave Baer previously wrote in an email to the Naples Daily News. "The City has and does encourage the appropriate charges to be filed based on the circumstances."
While an arbitrator is reviewing the merits of his dismissal, Hennings would not have been eligible for the retirement gear based on police policy.
Department directives state a member must have left in good standing.
Hennings was one of three now-former officers who were accused of having sex on duty. The other officers, Neil Giansanti and James Inlow, resigned while under investigation.
The department placed Hennings on paid administrative leave for nearly five months before sustaining policy violations and terminating him.
Hennings appealed his termination through the arbitration process, which recently wrapped up proceedings.
He and his legal counsel denied the sex on duty allegations, pointing to a lack of physical evidence and independent witnesses. During one of the hearings, his physician also testified Hennings was being treated for a temporary bout of impotency, making it highly implausible for the sex acts to have occurred as alleged.
Arbitrator William Hobgood's decision on whether to reinstate was expected to be released later this month.
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