A 13 year veteran with the Florida Highway Patrol has been sentenced in a case involving official misconduct, a third degree felony. Former Florida Highway Patrol trooper, Wilfredo, Jay Bennett has agreed to forfeit his law enforcement certification for life as part of a plea deal struck between state prosecutors and his criminal defense attorney. Bennett, was placed on supervised probation for a 5 year term and required to pay a fine of $5,000.00.
Among the allegations, Bennett was accused of regularly engaging in sex while on duty with at least two former girlfriends. In addition, Bennett is accused by another woman of spending time with her in her apartment while also on duty and offering to get a ticket dismissed against a woman if she cooked dinner for him and. It was also alleged that Bennett gave a former girlfriend a ride in his patrol car on 50 occasions while in duty. Bennett quit his position at FHP in January, 2010 on the day following his arrest. Under the plea deal, adjudication was withheld, so Bennett will not have a felony conviction on his record. But the deal also means he can never be a law-enforcement officer anywhere in the United States.
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