Florida Department of Corrections Banner, Secretary Mark S. Inch

 
Press Release
August 19, 2019

Contact: FDC Communications
(850) 488-0420
 


Ongoing FDC OIG Investigation into Lake CI Video Results in Additional Arrest

Investigation continues into officer misconduct

CLERMONT, Fla. — In conjunction with the ongoing criminal investigation into an incident which occurred on July 8, 2019 at Lake Correctional Institution, the Florida Department of Corrections’ (FDC) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced the arrest of Correctional Officer Ian Gretka. Gretka is charged with Principal to Malicious Battery (third degree felony).

Following the arrest, Gretka was transported to the Lake County Jail. The Department is immediately terminating Gretka, who was hired in August 2016.

Secretary Mark Inch said, “The FDC Office of Inspector General continues to investigate this incident, and we will ensure that anyone found to have acted outside their authorities or the standards of our Department will be held accountable. As I have stated before, the Florida Department of Corrections will not tolerate inmate abuse at any level.”

The investigation by the FDC 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 FDC and FDC OIG acknowledge 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: http://www.dc.state.fl.us/orginfo/ig.html.

Click here to see the affidavit. 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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