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Sheriff: Two Brevard deputies fired over ties to prostitute involved in shooting of another deputy

Sheriff: Two Brevard deputies fired over ties to prostitute involved in shooting of another deputy.

Several weeks after a Brevard Sheriff's deputy was shot during an undercover
prostitution sting, two other deputies were fired for their alleged ties to the
prostitute.

In a statement, Cpl. Dave Jacobs said the two deputies were "believed to have
been involved in the criminal activities of Mary Derossett," 42, who was
arrested on prostitution charges in August following the shooting of Brevard
County Sheriff's Agent John 'Casey' Smith on Aug. 21.

"The conduct of these two employees is criminal and their actions as a
representation of our agency is disgusting," Sheriff Wayne Ivey said in a press
conference Sunday morning. "I am extremely proud of the nearly 1,500 members of
our agency who work around the clock to protect our citizens, and the actions of
these two individuals sicken me."

Mary Derossett's uncle, John Derossett, was charged with three counts of
attempted murder in the shooting of Smith outside Cocoa on Aug. 21.

John Derossett, 65, allegedly opened fire on Smith as he approached a house
while undercover as a prospective customer. Smith has undergone several
surgeries.

Using records collected during the investigation, agents were able to
identify multiple people, including the two deputies – a 29-year-old with 22
months of employment and a 56-year-old with 14 years of service.

The two were interviewed by investigators and were "immediately separated
from our agency for their criminal actions," Cpl. Dave Jacobs said in a
statement.

The Sheriff's Office has launched an internal investigation, Jacobs said, but
until that's completed the agency cannot release the deputies' names or specific
allegations per Florida law.

"This investigation was part of an ongoing and significant operation that has
resulted in well over 250 arrests during the past 6 weeks," Ivey said. "The
operation was initiated after the robbery and murder of a citizen who was lured
for an act of prostitution."

"To know that there are participating agencies and officers who have placed
their lives on the line to protect our communities, and knowing that we have a
deputy who has fought for his life for performing his duties, and then to learn
that we had two employees who supported such criminal activities is absolutely
reprehensible."

Ivey also stated that he was "sickened" by the alleged actions of the
deputies, "who apparently lied when they took their Oath of Office to protect
and serve with Honor!"

He called for as strong a prosecution by the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement as the law allows, and also called for their certifications to be
revoked.

The investigation involving the Derossetts remained active, and additional
charges and arrests were possible.
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