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Here is another example of why checking up on the people who we are trusting with power over others are behaving. This is not a lone case this is another in a long list of abuses of powers.

We will cover more of this as it develops.


Detectives Arrest Former Probation Officer for Sexual Battery after
Blackmailing Offender

News Release #20-087

Sexual Battery Arrest

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Robbery/Homicide Unit
Department of Detention and Corrections Bureau
-Detention Investigation Unit

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Florida Department of Corrections

Rutherford Jean (Suspect – Arrested)
Age: 29 years old
Address: West Palm Beach, Florida
Charge: Two counts of Sexual Battery

The victim is an adult female and per Florida Statute 119.071, no further
information will be released that would tend to identify the victim.

Detectives have arrested a former probation officer for Sexual Battery after
blackmailing the offender he was supervising.

The crime occurred over a period of time from early 2018 until approximately
July 2018.
The suspect was arrested on June 11, 2020 at approximately 11:45 a.m.

The crime occurred at various locations throughout Pinellas County.

Detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit have arrested a former
probation officer for sexual battery.

Detectives began their investigation on October 14, 2019 while the victim was
housed as an inmate at the Pinellas County Jail. The victim made a complaint
to detention deputies that her probation officer had blackmailed her for
sexual favors.

According to detectives, in December 2017, the victim was sentenced to
probation for drug charges. The terms of her probation required her to report
to a probation officer within 24-hours of her release from jail. When she
reported to the Department of Corrections probation office in Clearwater, she
was assigned to 29-year-old Rutherford Jean.

Investigators learned that during the first month of probation, Jean conducted
a “home check.” He accused the victim of lying about her address and told her
she could be violated but said it would be addressed another time.

Jean also held several probation meetings with the victim in his office and
advised her he had documented all of her drug tests as clean.

The victim told detectives in March of 2018 that Jean was provided laboratory
results from a drug rehab center that she was positive for drugs. In lieu of
violating the terms of her probation, Jean picked up the victim at her
residence and drove to an unknown location in Pinellas County where he
sexually battered her.

Detectives learned of another instance where Jean met the victim at her
residence and asked her to enter the front seat of his vehicle. While in his
vehicle, Jean instructed her to perform oral sex on him as payment for not
violating her probation.

Around July 2018, Jean transferred from the Clearwater probation office to the
Palm Beach probation office, but resigned approximately one month later.

Through various investigative techniques and with assistance from the Palm
Beach County Sheriff’s Office, detectives obtained a DNA sample from Jean.
That sample was compared against a semen sample from the victim’s clothing,
which was a match.

Pinellas County detectives obtained a warrant for Jean’s arrest. In
conjunction with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, detectives arrested
Jean at approximately 11:45 a.m. on June 11, 2020.

During an interview with detectives, Jean denied the allegations.

Jean is currently being held at the Palm Beach County Jail where he awaits
transportation to Pinellas County.

If you believe you may have been a victim you are urged to contact Pinellas
County Detective R. Redman at (727) 582-6200.


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