CCSO suspends 4 following wrongful arrest

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Four Clay County Sheriff's Office detectives have been suspended following a recent wrongful arrest case.

Ashley Nicole Chiasson, 28, from Louisiana was arrested by the department twice. But, it turns out, the person they were actually looking for was 31-year-old Ashley Odessa Chiasson. Nicole Chiasson spent more than a month in Clay County Jail.

Related: CCSO arrested right woman after arresting wrong one, twice

An internal investigation released Wednesday found that detectives never showed the victim a photo spread, and that detectives had access to a photo ID of the suspect that they ignored.

Related: CCSO arrests wrong person, again

Two detectives who worked on the case were suspended for 30 days without pay and demoted.

A sergeant and a lieutenant were also suspended for a shorter period.

Related: Teen spends 35 days in jail after mistaken arrest

This wasn't the first time CCSO had to suspend members of its force. Three CCSO deputies were disciplined after an arrest mix-up sent the wrong teenager to jail earlier in 2014.

A 17-year-old spent 35 days in the Clay County jail after being charged as an adult in a sexual battery case. A name mix-up caused that wrongful arrest as well.

One deputy faced a suspension and a transfer in that case.


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