Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Mom: Teen is afraid of FHP trooper's 'sexual remarks and advances'

Amy L. Edwards

Sentinel Staff Writer

September 17, 2008

A temporary injunction has been filed against a Florida Highway Patrol trooper accused of having sexually explicit communications with the 17-year-old daughter of another FHP employee.

Cpl. James E. Gilbert, a 45-year-old traffic-homicide investigator, was placed on paid administrative leave Friday, FHP Capt. Mark Welch said.

In a written statement filed in Orange County Circuit Court, the teenager's mother said she recently overheard her daughter on the phone with Gilbert. The teen told her mother about Gilbert's infatuation with her, sexual text messages he sent and other conversations they had.

Gilbert told the teen he wanted to take her to cabins in Tennessee and take things "slow," the mother wrote. The mother said Gilbert met her daughter for lunch, grabbed her hand, and "told her that hands are sensual & sexy."

The mother wrote that Gilbert will not leave her daughter alone and the teen is afraid of him "due to his sexual remarks and advances."

"I think he will follow her and hurt her, since we have now found out," the woman wrote.

A temporary injunction for protection was granted Thursday, and a hearing to determine whether to make it final will be Monday.

Gilbert, who lives in Apopka, has been employed with FHP since 1991 and has no previous disciplinary action in his personnel file, Welch said. He is assigned to Troop K, which patrols Florida's Turnpike.

A voice message left Tuesday for Gilbert was not returned.

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