Clermont, FL –
A Clermont police officer has been arrested on perjury charges after a five-month investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, authorities said Wednesday night.
Cecil Garrett, a 12-year veteran of the department, faces five counts of perjury by false written declaration, which are third-degree felonies. He turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest, Clermont Police Chief Charles Broadway said.
The State Attorney’s Office started investigating Garrett after complaints from residents and discrepancies and inconsistencies in some of the reports he submitted.
Broadway and the State Attorney’s Office forwarded the complaints to the FDLE, which conducted an independent review.
“This arrest stems from a series of isolated incidents that were dealt with swiftly and expeditiously,” Broadway said in a statement.
“These accusations are in no way reflective of the hardworking men and women of the Clermont Police Department and their commitment to serving the public with integrity and professionalism.”
Broadway said Garrett has been placed on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of the case.
Garrett has been with the department since December 2005.