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Former Edgewater Police Officer Arrested for Bribery and Battery

10/23/2007
 
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) announces the arrest of Efren Vazquez, a former police officer with the Edgewater Police Department (EPD). Vazquez surrendered today to FDLE agents and was charged with one count of bribery and misuse of public office, a second degree felony and one count of battery, a misdemeanor.
The investigation began in May 2007 after FDLE’s Daytona Beach Field Office was contacted by Edgewater Police Chief John Taves. Chief Taves told FDLE that the EPD had been served with a notice they were being sued by an alleged victim of sexual assault. The FDLE investigation revealed Vazquez accepted a bribe from a defendant in custody and sexually battered the defendant. The investigation resulted in the issuance of arrest warrants for Vazquez.
Vazquez was arrested without incident and transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail. Vazquez is being held on a $55,000 bond.
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For more information, contact:
Sharon Gogerty
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Orlando
(904) 360-7100