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A trainee asked a 19-year deputy for help. Sexual battery charges ensued.

Scott Walker in his Polk County Sheriff’s Office photo
Scott Walker in his Polk County Sheriff’s Office photo

A longtime Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested on charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment Friday.

The alleged victim of 39-year-old Scott Walker: a deputy sheriff trainee.

That’s according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. As described by PCSO, a deputy trainee met Walker in Lakeland on Wednesday for help with the training. While the trainee was sitting down, Walker reached under the trainee’s shorts and underwear and fondled him, PCSO said.

“When the victim resisted, Walker pushed him against the wall, then locked the door and turned the lights off,” PCSO wrote. “The victim immediately started sending text messages to a friend pleading for help.”

Walker let the man go, authorities said. PCSO said allegations were made Thursday and an investigation began that ended with Walker’s Friday arrest and resignation after 19 years with PCSO.

“We hold our people to a higher standard than we do the members of the community,’ said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in a Friday statement. “Scott is now in jail for his illegal conduct, as he should be.”

Walker posted $30,000 bond Saturday.

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