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St. Cloud officer arrested for stalking

Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 2:15 pm

By Tiffanie Reynolds
Staff Writer

 A St. Cloud police officer turned himself in to the Osceola Sheriff’s Office Saturday morning for charges on stalking.

Sgt. John Nettles, husband of former Osceola Sheriff’s Office deputy Edeania Nettles, who was fired on Thursday for breaking department policy, was charged with misdemeanor stalking, said St. Cloud Police Spokesperson Sgt. Denise Roberts.

 He has been the suspect in an ongoing investigation by the St. Cloud Police Department for a few stalking incidents involving St. Cloud Officer Jennifer Hoyos, according to the incident report. After dating the victim for two years, which was ended by the victim on Sept. 25, Nettles arrived at the victim’s apartment in Orlando on Oct. 13 and proposed to her. The victim rejected his proposal and told him to stop contacting her. Around 10:30 p.m. the same day, the victim received a call from Nettles at the front gate of her apartment complex, but refused to let him in. He then began knocking on her front door, which prompted the victim to lock herself inside and called the Orlando Police Department.

After that incident, Nettles was ordered by the St. Cloud Police Department to stop contacting the victim. But, on Oct. 17, the victim called the St. Cloud Police Department stating that Nettles had been emailing, texting and calling her several times, and that she has been staying with a friend, afraid to go back to her apartment. St. Cloud Police Department officers performed a check of well-being on Nettles, and found that he was sober and in good spirits, according to an incident report.

Because of these incidents, Nettles was placed  under an internal investigation by the St. Cloud Police Department. After turning himself in, he was booked  into the Osceola County Jail with a $2,000 bond.

Nettles’ wife, Edeania Nettles, was also under internal investigation with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office after attacking Officer Jeniffer Hoyos on Oct. 2, while Hoyos was on duty. Her attack was spurred by the outside romantic relationship her husband was holding, and was fired by the Osceola Sheriff’s Department on Thursday.