PENSACOLA – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Office of Executive Investigations received a complaint in June of 2013 regarding former FDLE Pensacola Regional Operations Center Special Agent in Charge Steve Desposito, 48, of Pensacola, Fla. The complainant alleged that Desposito had appropriated FDLE property for personal use, and the FDLE Office of Executive Investigations, subsequently initiated an investigation.
The investigation revealed that Desposito took fence posts that were the property of the State of Florida and appropriated them for his personal use. Inspectors presented their findings to the Office of the State Attorney, 1st Judicial Circuit, and Desposito was charged with one count of petit theft.
“This is a sad day for FDLE,” said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “We hold our members to the highest standard of integrity and unfortunately, Mr. Desposito breached that trust.”
Desposito surrendered himself at the Escambia County Jail at approximately 1 p.m. CST today.
Desposito was promoted to Special Agent in Charge in September 2010. He was placed on leave in June pending the outcome of this investigation and resigned in July. He had been a member of FDLE since 1993.
The Office of the State Attorney, 1st Judicial Circuit will prosecute this case.
For Further Information Contact:
Gretl Plessinger, Linda McDonald or Steve Arthur
FDLE Office of Public Information