Former State Department of Corrections officer accused of improperly supervising inmates

Northwest Florida
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OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. — A former State Department of Corrections officer in Okaloosa County is behind bars and accused of failing to properly supervise more than a dozen felony inmates.

According to the State Attorney’s office, while employed as a Senior Probation and Community Control officer, Rea Sweatt, falsified required weekly supervision records to hide her behavior from March 2018 to February of this year.

Investigators said Sweatt also contacted multiple offenders and instructed them to testify falsely if anyone contacted them about her supervision. 

Sweatt resigned her position with the Department of Corrections in March of this year.

She is facing charges of Racketeering, Tampering with Witnesses, Forgery, Uttering Forged Instruments, Official Misconduct and Making False Official Statements.

The State Attorney and the Florida Department of Corrections will continue the investigation. 

Members of the public who wish to report information regarding this case may contact the Florida Department of Corrections, Office of Inspector General, Investigator Stacy Harris, at 981-5011.

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