Marco policeman put on leave after threat allegation by woman, 20

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The Marco Island police officer who was the subject of a Sheriff's Office investigation into an alleged aggravated assault with a deadly weapon has been placed on administrative leave.

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, the report states, during a confrontation with her and his wife outside the Marco Island Starbucks the evening of Aug. 23, 2017.

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

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

The Naples Daily News requested a copy of the internal investigation file Jan. 18.

Although the case was initially reactivated Monday, Chief Al Schettino decided to open a new investigation instead, based on new information, Capt. Dave Baer said.

The Daily News received a copy of the initial internal investigation report Friday.

Baer said he could not provide any details about the new investigation nor saywhether it's related to the August incident. Details of internal affairs investigations are confidential until they are closed, Baer said.

Inlow was put back on administrative leave. During the leave, he will not perform any law enforcement duties and must ask the police department for permission to leave his house. He also must check in with the department daily. Inlow will remain on administrative leave until the new internal investigation is closed.

"That could take one day or much longer," Baer said. "It's standard procedure and a function of the investigation."

The Daily News reviewed Inlow's personnel file. During his interview with the Marco Island Police Department in June 2013, he was asked to "Define integrity and give an example of how you have demonstrated it."

Inlow said that at one of his previous places of employment, he learned that a married lieutenant was in a relationship with another officer's wife, and that he "called out" the lieutenant and told him he couldn't do that.

Neither Inlow nor the woman, 20, in the August incident on Marco Island could be reached to comment Friday. 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 that 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.


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