Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch was arrested Tuesday afternoon.
Inspectors with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Office of Executive Investigations obtained a warrant for the arrest of Nicholas Lee Finch, 50, of Bristol, Tuesday on one count of official misconduct, a violation of section 838.022, Florida Statutes.
According to FDLE, investigators allege that Finch destroyed or removed official arrest documents from the Liberty County Jail, making it appear as though an arrest never occurred. The investigation revealed that a Liberty County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested a Liberty County resident on March 8, 2013 for carrying a concealed firearm, a third degree felony. Shortly after the suspect was booked into the Liberty County Jail, Finch allegedly released the suspect and altered or destroyed documents associated with his arrest.
Finch was arrested just after 5 p.m. Tuesday and was booked into the Liberty County Jail. He was released on his own recognizance. Finch was elected
Liberty County Sheriff in 2012 and took office in January of this year.
The State Attorney’s Office, 2nd Judicial Circuit, will prosecute this case.
According to an FDLE spokesperson, Governor Rick Scott has appointed Carl Causey to serve as interim sheriff. Causey is assistant special agent in charge at the FDLE Pensacola Regional Operations Center.
NOTE: This story came in after press time Tuesaday
how come when an everyday person does something like this or gets caught with dope it's big news and everyone is wanting the max for there crime.. but when it's the law they sweep it under the rug ??? should they not be held to a higher standard then others??
This is just a regurgitation of the press notice from the prosecutor. The real story is why this sheriff was arrested before being questioned about the allegations? Has the paper talked to Sheriff Finch? This is big news, being carried nationally. Governor Walker seems to be targeting a sheriff who has publicly stated his support for the 2nd amendment rights of the people he has been elected to protect. Apparently, the Governor doesn't like the choice of Liberty county residents to have a Sheriff represent their interests, and not the Governors.
Let the process work! If Finch is guilty of something then the evidence will show it. If not, he will be reinstated. The issue is not about the 2nd Amendment as that was just an excuse used to let the guy out of jail, it's not about whether a sheriff can let someone out of jail, which by the way they have the authority to do, it's about whether or not there was misconduct by attempting to hide something. THAT IS THE ISSUE. And to think the Governor knows Finch and act as though he made it personal is just silly. He doesn't know Finch other than maybe meeting him at some Sheriffs Association function with a bunch of other sheriffs. There has been several sheriff's removed by Florida Governors in the past. They are simply following law regarding an allegation which has been made against a public official. A judge signed the warrant which FDLE used to arrest Finch so there had to be probable cause. But probable cause doesn't mean a conviction. So let the facts come out in court and then everyone will know what happened instead of wondering or speculating. It amazes me what people believe.