A former aide of Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll said she was fired last year after she caught her then boss and another female staffer in "a compromising position" in Carroll's office, Reuters reports.

The ex-office aide, Carletha Cole, was arrested last year on charges that she illegally leaked taped conversations of Carroll's staff to a reporter.

She could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

Defending herself against the charges, Cole alleges in a court filing that Carroll fired her shortly after she walked in on the Republican leader and the staff member in Carroll's capitol office, Reuters reports.

"When she entered the office, she found the Lieutenant Governor and her travel aide, Beatriz Ramos, in what can only be described as a compromising position," according to a motion filed by Cole's lawyer, Stephen Webster.

Carroll, 52, is a Navy veteran who heads the state's military affairs.

The wife and mother of three children plans to fight Cole's allegations, according to The News Service of Florida.

"I will be fighting back against these blatant lies," Carroll said in an email to a supporter, the news agency reports.

She echoed that sentiment in another email. "Unfortunately, as an elected official character deformation that is totally fabricated can occur like this and there is not much I can do," Carroll wrote.