Sheriff Scott: arrested deputy will likely lose job
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LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott says the deputy arrested and jailed for robbing and beating up a man while on the job Sunday will likely lose his job, pending an internal affairs investigation.
"It's the ultimate betrayal of trust," Sheriff Mike Scott said.
According to a probable cause statement, Sheriff's Deputy Michael Ronga is accused of robbing a man of $170, his cell phone and punching him in the face several times. The incident took place while Ronga was on duty in the early hours of Sunday morning.
"Deputy Ronga betrayed the community's trust, he disgraced our badge and I don't appreciate it," Scott said. "We put cuffs on him and threw him in jail like any other criminal."
Documents show Ronga responded to a disturbance at Maria's Restaurant in Bonita Springs. When he was there he gave the victim a ride home because the man had been drinking. Instead of taking him home, documents show the deputy took him to an isolated spot and robed him.
"Our gps systems corroborate the victim's story, not the deputy's story," Scott said. "Frankly the deputy has not been truthful with us. Which internally is the only mechanism I need to let him go."
Ronga has since bonded out of jail. A criminal case is pending against him. Sheriff Scott says he'll proceed with his own internal affairs investigation. In the meantime, Ronga is on administrative leave with no pay.
"When we get a body of evidence like we have here and we get the number of lies that we have here, there's no reason for one tax dollar - one more tax dollar- to go into this guy's back pocket," Scott said.
The victim was taken to the hospital for his injuries and is now recovering at home.
Colleen Hogan, reporter