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Creel Responds to Employee Allegations


Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel is firing back at five employees who accused him of, “fraud, waste and abuse.”

The allegations include allowing a registered sex offender to work at a Wakulla County High School graduation party.

In a letter to Governor Rick Scott, Creel says he didn’t know a jail trustee was a registered sex offender when he was assigned maintenance duty at the annual sober graduation party for students and parents.

Creel says the inmate was 21 in 2006 when he was convicted of having sex with his 14-year-old girlfriend.

Creel also denies inmate labor was used to build a barbecue for Undersheriff Trey Morrison and for a fundraiser. He refuses to address another issue, allowing a suspended deputy to go back to work. Creel says it’s been investigated and detailed in news reports.

Creel’s letter dated Monday is responding to one also sent to Scott by the five employees who are seeking whistleblower status.

A spokeswoman for Governor Rick Scott said the letter is under review.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.