FWC officer arrested for lewd battery
PORT CHARLOTTE - Charlotte County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit detectives arrested a Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission officer Wednesday on two counts of Lewd Battery on a 14-year-old girl.
37-year-old John Michael Hoover turned himself in after a warrent was issued for his arrest.
The FWC tells FOX 4 News that Hoover resigned from his position the day before his arrest.
On July 27, 2012 Charlotte County Deputies observed an FWC truck parked at an abandoned house in the Port Charlotte area.
FWC Officer Hoover came out of the house accompanied by a 14 year old girl.
Officer Hoover, who was in uniform, explained to the deputy that he caught the girl in the house with another male. According to Hoover, the male had fled upon his arrival.
Officer Hoover stated he did not want help from CCSO deputies and that he would handle the investigation.
On Jan. 3, CCSO received information pertaining to the same 14 year old girl from last July’s incident. MCU detectives conducted a criminal investigation and developed probable cause that he had sex with the girl on two occasions.
He was arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail where was booked and then released on a $10,000 bond.