An Oviedo Police officer who posted ads soliciting sex online resigned Thursday, Aug. 7, police spokesman Lieutenant George Ilemsky said.
Officer Scott Woodlee, 49, an Orange County resident, faced discipline as harsh as termination for posting the nude pictures, which showed him involved in sexual acts, on the online classifieds Web site Craigslist, Ilemsky said.
"I'm sure [his resignation] has to do with the pending outcome of the investigation," he said.
Woodlee was a drug task force agent and had worked for Oviedo for 12 years until he was placed on leave with pay Aug. 6. An internal investigation sustained charges that he violated the department's standards of conduct by posting the ads, which solicited casual sex from males and females, the investigation report stated.
"Although it is not illegal, it compromised the integrity of the police department," Ilemsky said. The pictures did not show Woodlee's face, but he was identified in the picture by "clear and identifiable tattoos."
In an interview with an investigator, Woodlee said his tattoos "would not be seen by the public," meaning that they were covered by his police uniform. All of the postings were done on his own time and did not identify him as a police officer or give his name, Woodlee said, adding that 90 percent of the postings were "b.s." He did say he made "an error in judgment."
The only past misconduct Woodlee has been involved in was a minor traffic crash in April. His resignation is effective immediately, Ilemsky said.
Another Oviedo officer recently faced scrutiny for personal use of a Web site — MySpace — where he wrote that he was a "Ninja cop who hadn't used his special skills yet." That complaint, against Officer Justin Varkony, was eventually ruled unfounded and he was not disciplined.
"That's small potatoes to this," Ilemsky said.
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