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FORT MYERS, Fla.- If you get arrested, then you know, your mug shot is available for the world to see.
But that's not the case for law enforcement officers, even former ones.
They get special treatment, and can keep their mug shots from ever being released.
Former Lee deputy Gina Wisely was arrested this week for allegedly stealing an i-pad from a Cape Coral Wal-mart.
The attorney generals office says you can show her mug shot, but as local law enforcement officers explain, its not that simple.
Along with her booking and arrest record on the Lee County Sheriff's Office website, you should be able to see Gina Wiseley's mug shot.
But its not there.
That's because of a state statute that says "home addresses, telephone numbers, social security numbers and photographs of active or former law enforcement personnel are exempt from disclosure."
Wiseley, who is no longer a deputy, was arrested for allegedly stealing an i-pad from a cape coral Wal-mart.
So does that statute still apply to someone who committed a crime?
Lieutenant Larry King says yes- for now.
King explained that "our policy is to exempt the photos of law enforcement officer and other public safety officials that comply with the state of Florida as it is in statute. "
But that *statute* is up to interpretation according to A-G Pam Bondi.
In a document released in 19-94 it stipulates that "Florida statute section 119.07 does not exempt from disclosing booking photographs of law enforcement and correctional officers."
Yet since then, Lieutenant Larry King pointed out several court cases where the judge kept the mugshots sealed.
So until the state legislature clears up the confusion, the Lee County Sheriff's Office is going to follow the "letter of the law".