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Fort Myers Police Officer arrested for allegedly failing to protect a child

Posted at 10:01 AM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 21:14:07-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Fort Myers Police Chief Diggs announced the arrest of one of their officers, Tyler Williams.

Chief Diggs said the arrest was made after an investigation was conducted stemming from an internal affairs complaint.

Officer Williams conducted a traffic stop on January 18th, 2020, on Colonial Boulevard and Solomon Boulevard for speeding.

According to the investigation, Officer Tyler Williams allegedly failed to protect a child during a traffic stop in which he failed to contact the Department of Children and Families after he had a lawful duty to do so.

“There were circumstances indicating that a child’s safety and welfare may be in jeopardy,” said Chief Diggs.

Officer Williams was charged with Public Order Crimes (Failure to Report Suspected Child Abuse, Abandon Neglect).

A third-degree felony.

Officer Williams was placed on unpaid administrative leave and could face internal charges for violating department policy, said Chief Diggs.

The case is still active and ongoing.