Saturday, September 1, 2007

Broward Sheriff's deputy charged with rape, kidnapping

Incident occurred during transfer, warrant states

By Sofia Santana

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

September 1, 2007

A corrections deputy with the Broward Sheriff's Office who for the last couple of months had been under investigation after an inmate accused him of rape was charged Friday with rape and kidnapping, according to county jail records.

Charles Edward Floyd, 37, was being held without bond at the Broward County Jail late Friday on one count of kidnapping and two counts of sexual battery.

The allegations against Floyd surfaced in June, according to law enforcement records.

A female inmate told detectives that Floyd forced her to have sex after he picked up her and two other inmates from a satellite jail in Pompano Beach on June 13, the records state. Floyd was supposed to take the three inmates to another jail but instead only dropped off two and took the third, his accuser, to a closed business in the 1800 block of North Powerline Road to have sex, according to a search warrant filed in the case.

The woman said she told Floyd "no" at least twice and that he later told her not to tell anyone and "this don't have to be a one-time-thing," the warrant states.

Floyd then dropped the woman off at a north Broward jail, and she contacted detectives the next day upon her release from the facility, according to the warrant. The warrant states that investigators later found that DNA collected from the woman's underwear did not match her or her boyfriend.

Floyd, a deputy since 2002, was put on leave after the accusations were made, Sheriff's spokesman Elliot Cohen said at the time.

Before joining the Broward Sheriff's Office, Floyd worked for the Florida Department of Corrections for about a year.

While employed at the Sheriff's Office, he had been the subject of five other internal investigations, according to a summary of his personnel file. All the complaints, including two use of force complaints, were dismissed with the exception of a minor complaint in which he was given a written reprimand.

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