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Police academy director resigns amid scandal

Police academy director resigns amid scandal

By Matt Grant. CREATED Mar 30, 2012 - UPDATED: Apr 2, 2012

FORT MYERS - The director of southwest Florida's police academy is accused of soliciting erotic massages at work and wasting your tax dollars is stepping down.

Tim Day's decision to step down comes in the midst of a lawsuit where a whistle-blower is suing the Lee County School District over how it handled the Day case.

The allegations came to light as part of a whistle-blower lawsuit detailed in a Fox 4 investigation.

"I just think the public wants to be able to trust their law enforcement people," Day said during an interview earlier this year.

But Day was accused of wasting taxpayer money in 2009. District officials investigated and also uncovered emails sent from his work computer on county time soliciting an erotic massage on Craigslist.

"I was just shocked," said Patrick Flahive, who blew the whistle on Day's activities. "I was disgusted."

Flahive was shocked the district allowed Day to return to his post after a two week suspension. Fox 4 investigative reporter Mike Mason confronted Day at the academy to get his side of the story.

"There's sex emails on here and everything," said Mason.

"What sex emails?," said a stunned Day.

"From Tim Day, the massages," said Mason before Day drove off.

Two months after Day returned to work after his suspension, Flahive submitted his resignation and hired attorney Michael Beckman.

Flahive filed a lawsuit against the district claiming officials retaliated against him for blowing the whistle on Day.

"Who can stay in a place where nobody wants to talk to you," said Flahive. "Nobody wants to deal with you where you have no responsibility , no real job."

After Fox 4 reported on Flahive's lawsuit, school board member Don Armstrong told us he would vote to terminate Day's contract when it comes up for renewal in a few months.

On Friday, Fox 4 learned Day wrote a resignation letter on March 19 saying he has decided to pursue his "personal business interests" on a a "full time basis" - effective March 30.

While Day's tenure at the police academy is over, the lawsuit against the school district continues.

Matt Grant
mgrant@fox4now.com