A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested and fired after officials say he stalked his ex-girlfriend.
William Fickey, 27, was charged with simple harassment on Friday, according to Manatee County jail records, and was released from jail on Saturday.
Sheriff officials said they received a complaint from Fickey’s ex-girlfriend’s mother on June 13 that he was stalking the woman. According to a news release, investigators found Fickey contacted the victim multiple times while deployed to the US Army Reserve.
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Fikey and the woman had broken up in October 2021, but after that he continued to contact her and made threatening statements, sheriff’s officials said.
“Fickey did not respect this victim’s wishes, he ignored her numerous requests to leave her alone, and as a result, he willfully broke the law,” Sheriff Rick Wells said in a statement. “His actions are appalling and his behavior is not acceptable conduct for an employee of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.”
Officials said a criminal investigation and internal affairs investigation were underway.
This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputy Charged with Harassing Ex-Girlfriend