A fired Kissimmee Police Department school resource officer lost her final attempt to save her job after a sexually explicit video of the woman on duty surfaced as part of a law enforcement investigation.
City Manager Mike Steigerwald upheld Police Chief Jeff O’Dell’s decision to terminate the former officer who worked at a Kissimmee charter school last school year.
The woman – whose identity is being withheld by KPD and by the News-Gazette – recorded a video of herself nude in a school bathroom in December that she then sent to her husband.
“Given your judgment in making this video and your failure to act in addressing the circumstances you allege led to its creation, I cannot conclude that the decision made by Chief O’Dell in this case is unreasonable or unjust,” Steigerwald wrote to the former SRO in an Aug. 19 email.
KPD said that the officer violated the city’s conduct policy and neglected her duties while filming the video in a staff bathroom at the school during school hours, according to a KPD Internal Affairs Unit report that began in April.
The report also noted that the officer had been disciplined seven times while at KPD for violating department regulations regarding police property and safe driving.
The former SRO told O’Dell and her chain of command that her husband was abusive and that he “coerced” her into making the video.
“At no point would I have sent that material if I was not in a physically abusive, emotionally abusive, and submissive relationship where I was afraid for my life,” the woman wrote to KPD’s deputy chief on
The video was not discovered by KPD. It surfaced as part of an Osceola County Sheriff’s Office investigation into domestic violence claims the former SRO made against her husband. He was arrested and later, during the course of an investigation into the matter, gave his phone to a Sheriff’s Office detective.
The Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute the man, said the woman’s union representative Ned Golden.
Golden said the video was part of a psychological campaign the husband employed to control the woman and that it’s release was his final humiliating blow.
The husband “was not required to provide that to the Sheriff’s Office,” said Golden, who’s a state staff representative at the Florida State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police.
“He wasn’t required to give out that video,” Golden said. It was an abusive situation.”
The husband “did just what he promised to do. He said he would ruin her life, her career; and he did,” Golden said.
The Sheriff’s Office detective who discovered the video noted that the woman’s KPD police uniform was visible on the floor and that she was likely in a public restroom, according to internal affairs report from KPD.
After alerting his chain of command, the Sheriff’s Office detective was instructed to obtain consent from the husband’s attorney to release the data from his phone to KPD, including the video of his wife.
The husband agreed to release the material and told KPD investigators during a six-hour interview that “the photos were unsolicited” and that he suspected his wife of cheating on him.
In February, the woman reported “problems in her marriage” to her supervisor at KPD, who then referred her to the department’s victim advocate, said KPD spokeswoman Bailey Myers.
The officer did not report any physical abuse to the supervisor or to the advocate, Myers said. KPD also put the woman in touch with other resources to help her with the contentious relationship with her husband, Myers said.
Between February and April, the woman’s supervisor regularly checked in on her and asked if the situation had become violent or if she feared for her life, Myers said.
The answer was always no, until the former SRO called the Sheriff’s Office sometime during February and April to report her husband for physically abusing her.
That report and the date it was taken could not be obtained from the Sheriff’s Office by press time Friday.