Former HCSO Detective Arrested and Charged with Evidence Manipulation and Misconduct – CBS Tampa

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – A former Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office detective is charged with tampering and misconduct with evidence.

Dalton Lewis, 32, was arrested at his home on June 27, without incident. He faces one count of tampering with physical evidence and 72 counts of unlawful withholding or holding of successor records by an official or employee.

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“The conduct and misconduct of this former law enforcement officer is shameful and not representative of the nearly 4,000 dedicated employees of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Deliberately concealing cases where victims seek justice is a clear breach of the oath he once took to protect and serve the Hillsborough County community,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said.

According to officials, Lewis was employed by HCSO from 2016 to 2021 and worked as a detective within the Criminal Investigation Department. During a criminal investigation, detectives determined that before Lewis resigned from the agency on Aug. 27, 2021, he attempted to hide his remaining incomplete cases by reassigning them to a retired employee or simply removing his status as lead investigator. These actions were confirmed when Lewis’ user activity was internally searched and matched the above behavior. A total of 36 cases were reassigned or not assigned.

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Immediately after identifying the problem, supervisors reassigned each case to other detectives. No additional revictimization occurred during the time when the cases were not assigned. At this time, the motive for Lewis’s actions remains unclear.

This once trusted official spent his last hours hiding his unfinished business. Fortunately, the only damage he did was himself, and now he will face the consequences as he tries to hide those incomplete cases from the same people he once considered his peers. Let this be an example that no one, not even the men and women of the law enforcement officers, is above the law,” said Chronister.

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