Ex-Marco cop tied to sex on duty scandal loses certification
A former Marco Island police officer that was found to have had sex while on duty has been decertified as a law enforcement officer in the state.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Public Information Officer Jessica Cary confirmed Tuesday that the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission revoked former Sgt. James Inlow's certification because of having sex on duty as well as possession of dangerous drugs.
Inlow is the second Marco Island police officer to lose his certification this month after Neil Giansanti voluntarily relinquished his certification while under investigation by FDLE also for having sex on duty.
Inlow and Giansanti now join a list of more than 8,300 now former officers in the state, including more than 186 in the region, that have had their certifications revoked or have relinquished them while under investigation.
Troubles for Inlow began in January 2018 when the father of woman, who claimed she had a sexual relationship with him, came forward with evidence of sexting while on duty as well as the solicitation of Adderall.
While Inlow resigned during an active internal affairs investigation, investigators determined that he had violated multiple department policies by sexting, organizing trysts andsoliciting Adderall while on the clock.
As part of the investigation, Marco Island police turned to the Collier County Sheriff's Office to perform a forensic download of the woman's computer and cellphone, which uncovered a trove of evidence, officials reported.
Besides finding numerous sexually explicit messages, which corresponded with shift reports where Inlow was on duty, investigators also found evidence that the woman had sex with other officers while they were on duty.
Like Inlow, Giansanti resigned while under an investigation that found the claims against him credible.
Officer Kevin Hennings, who has maintained his innocence, was placed on paid administrative leave for nearly five months before the department terminated his employment in September.
A fourth officer, Brian Granneman, was found to have known about Inlow's relationship with the woman as well as his activities while on duty. Granneman received a written reprimand in May 2018 before being promoted to sergeant months later.
In text messages between Granneman and the woman, investigators found conversations where the woman told him where she and Inlow were going to be and to avoid the area.
The decision on Inlow comes less than a month after the commission held an informal hearing in Jupiter regarding his case.
Florida Statute establishes that the commission had the ability to suspend or revoke his certifications to the offense of sex on duty.