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Sheriff's office failed to investigate deputy's role in fatal accident

An investigation by the St. Petersburg Times links Polk County sheriff, Sgt. Scott Larson, to a 2002 car accident that killed the car's 16-year-old passenger, Miles White.  The Polk County Sheriff's office ruled the crash was a single-car accident caused by drunk driving.  "But a Polk sheriff's deputy — who, it turns out, was a sexual predator of young men — had chased the boys at more than 100 mph. The St. Petersburg Times has found information that indicates the deputy's cruiser hit the Passat before it crashed."  Larson is currently serving a prison term for sexual battery and practicing medicine without a license.   His supervisors maintain that his "sexual proclivities had nothing to do with his 'surveillance''' of young men in the vehicle that crashed.

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