Florida Highway Patrol captain fired, arrested for misconduct

| 8/3/2005

A top official with the Florida Highway Patrol has been fired from his position and is facing criminal charges after being accused of inappropriate interaction with a woman he had pulled over.

Capt. Sterling King, a district commander in the Orlando area and one of the highest ranking captains in the state, turned himself into police after it was discovered that he spoke about sex and later e-mailed a woman repeatedly in exchange for the dismissal of a speeding ticket for which he had pulled her over, the Orlando Sentinel reported. King was released after posting $2,500 a bond.

According to the Sentinel, Kind discussed his experiences at a nudist colony and seized condoms from the car of Alaina Renae Edgemon, the woman who reported the incident. When Edgemon asked King if she could receive a warning instead of a ticket, King allegedly asked for her e-mail address to discuss the matter.

Over the next 19 weeks, the pair e-mailed each other discussing the ticket, at which point King allegedly faxed a request to department heads for the ticket to be dismissed. The ticket was dismissed a few days later.

According to the Sentinel, King has been charged with one count of official misconduct.

Calls to the Florida Highway Patrol regarding the incident were not returned as of press time.

– By Aaron Ladage, staff writer