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MCSO: Deputy Resigns, Charged After Passing Letters To Female Inmate

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Booking photo of Francisco Javier Perez.  (credit: Marion County Sheriff's Office)

Booking photo of Francisco Javier Perez. (credit: Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

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OCALA, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) – Authorities say a former Marion County Sheriff’s deputy faces legal trouble after investigators found out that he sent love letters to a female inmate.

Francisco Javier Perez was charged Wednesday with six counts of introducing contraband into the county jail. The 33-year-old resigned from his $41,000-a-year job when he was arrested shortly after the correspondence was discovered on Valentine’s Day.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports a jail trusty, Nancy Simmons, told a sergeant at the Marion County Courthouse about the relationship between Perez and 24-year-old inmate Jessica Soverns, who is serving time for petty theft and violation of probation.

Investigators found letters that had been exchanged between the two. According to the arrest report obtained by the paper, the letters contained sexual language and described sex acts.

The report went on to state that Perez denied any sexual contact but admitted sending the letters.

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