Florida Department of Corrections Banner, Secretary Mark S. Inch

 
Press Release
July 24, 2019
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Three Correctional Officers Arrested at Lake Correctional Institution

CLERMONT, Fla. — In conjunction with a criminal investigation, the Florida Department of Corrections’ (FDC) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced the arrest of Correctional Captain Milton Gass, Correctional Officer Hunter Lingo, and Correctional Officer Joshua Petersilge. The three officers are charged with violations stemming from the incident which occurred on July 8 at Lake Correctional Institution. The officers were charged with the following counts:

Captain Milton Gass (hired July 2007)
Two counts of Perjury by False Declaration (third degree felony)
Three counts of Solicitation to Commit the Felony Crime of Perjury by False Declaration (third degree felony)

Correctional Officer Hunter Lingo (hired June 2017)
One count of Principle to Malicious Battery (third degree felony)

Correctional Officer Joshua Petersilge (hired September 2016)
One count of Principle to Malicious Battery (third degree felony)

Following the arrests, the officers were transported to the Lake County Jail. The Department is immediately terminating all three employees.

Secretary Mark Inch said, “We took immediate action to terminate the employees arrested today following the criminal charges brought against them. The Florida Department of Corrections will not tolerate inmate abuse at any level. These swift disciplinary actions are a testament to our commitment to ensuring officers are held accountable when they abuse the trust of the public and those they are charged with supervising. We will continue to work cooperatively with the Inspector General as they continue to investigate all of those found to be involved in this incident. This investigation is not over. Anyone found to have acted outside their authorities or the standards of our Department will be held accountable.”

The investigation by the OIG is ongoing and more arrests or administrative sanctions may be forthcoming. If anyone has any additional information or evidence to provide, they are encouraged to contact the FDC OIG at (850) 488-9265 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.), (866) 246-4412 (24-hour recorded tip line) or submit information online at www.dc.state.fl.us/apps/IGcomplaint.asp. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

The OIG acknowledges the cooperation and assistance provided by State Attorney Brad King of the 5th Judicial Circuit of Florida and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.

For more information on the Department’s Office of the Inspector General, please visit: www.dc.state.fl.us/ig/index.html.

Click here to see the affidavits. The following exemptions apply to the redactions:

Medical, psychological, and dental records, without a properly executed DC4-711B Consent for Release form. § 945.10(1)(a), 456.057(7)(a), F.S., 45 C.F.R., § 164.502.

The home addresses, telephone numbers, including cellular and personal pager numbers, social security numbers, dates of birth, and photographs of active or former department employees and/or their spouses and children; places of employment; daycare facilities, and/or schools of active or former department employees’ spouses and children (sections 119.071 (4)(d), F.S. and 945.10(1)(e), F.S.

Information regarding a victim’s statement and identity. § 945.10(1)(f); 119.071(2)(j), F.S.

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