Sheriff’s Deputy Manatee arrested and fired after officials say he harassed his ex-girlfriend


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.

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“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.

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This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputy Charged with Harassing Ex-Girlfriend


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