Curiosity Killed The Cat...But Only Suspends A Deputy

Volusia Deputy Suspended For Accessing The Driver's License Database

February 17, 2014
"Police throughout the United States have been caught fabricating, planting, and manipulating evidence to obtain convictions where cases would otherwise be very weak. Some authorities regard police perjury as so rampant that it can be considered a "subcultural norm rather than an individual aberration" of police officers."
Dale Carpenter - Flagrant Conduct: The Story Of Lawrence v. Texas

Volusia Deputy Keith Baughman Suspended
For Abusing A Law Enforcement Database.

Baughman Used The State's Driver's License Database To Look Up Five Female 911 Telecommunicator's Pictures And Private Information.

According to a recent media article, as well as a recently completed Volusia County Sheriff Department internal affairs investigation, Deputy Keith Baughman was found to have falsified an official record while accessing the private information of five female 911 telecommunicators.

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Baughman told investigators that he was curious of what the women he was speaking to on his police radio looked like.

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Just Policy Violations?
Why Is It That When Police Officers Violate The Constitution Or State / Federal Laws - They Are ONLY Found To Be In Violation Of Mere Department Policy Violations?

As indicated on page 6 of the VCSO internal affairs report - there are criminal sanctions attached to wrongly accessing the law enforcement database (commonly referred to as DAVID).

However, according to the internal affairs report, Deputy Baughman was only found in violation of mere VCSO policy violations and given a 10 day suspension. Why was no criminal investigation opened - why no criminal charges filed?

If you explore VolusiaExposed articles, you will quickly realize that relegating the criminal behaviors of law enforcement officers as merely "policy violations" is a very common theme within several local police agencies, to include the VCSO.

Deputy Baughman's IA Investigation
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Volusia Deputy Keith Baughman vs. Desarea Clark
Why Is It - That A Deputy Can Violate A Law Enforcement Database - With No Criminal Ramifications - But A Young College Girl Gets Arrested For Allegedly Abusing The 911 System, When Calling In A Complaint Against A Deputy?

Back in October of 2012, someone had stolen 21 year old Desarea Clark's wallet - and she had a pretty good idea who - her neighbor.

As detailed in a earlier VX article (see link to right --->), Ms. Clark took issue with how the initial deputy was handling her complaint.

She dialed 911 requesting that another deputy be sent to investigate her concerns about her missing wallet. She was promptly arrested by the initial deputy for abusing the 911 system.

Shortly later, the VCSO located Ms. Clark's wallet - it was exactly where she said they would find it - in her neighbor's apartment.

We invite you to review and compare the events surrounding Ms. Clark's alleged misuse of the 911 system, and Deputy Baughman's abuse of the DAVID database. What do you think? Was Ms. Clark treated fairly? Was Deputy Baughman held properly accountable for his violations?

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Deputy Keith Baughman
Our Newest Brady "Bunch" Cop

1963 U.S. Supreme Court decision
Brady vs. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963).

In Brady, the court ruled that the prosecutor has the responsibility to give the defendant any and all exculpatory evidence (evidence that tends to prove the suspect not guilty). This exculpatory evidence includes, past histories of police officers, whereas, the veracity of those officers has come into question. In short, if a police officer makes an arrest, the defense has the right to know, if that arresting officer has moral character skeletons hiding in his / her career closet. A past history of providing false or misleading statements would be reportable under Brady. So we have added Deputy Baughman to our "Brady Bunch" list of Brady Cops.

So Much For "The County's Standard"
NoT To Tolerate False Statements / Reports From Law Enforcement Officers

Listen to Assistant County Attorney Nancye Jones' statement during the Sgt. West and Ofc. Schneider personnel board hearings.

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If you found this article to be thought provoking, we (VolusiaExposed.Com) invite you to review, the below linked, Special Investigative Report, exposing law enforcement corruption with the State of Florida.


by Matthew Doig and Anthony Cormier
Tarnished badge, flawed system
Police unions / political clout
Predator in uniform?
What the personnel files reveal
Problems and solutions
Flagrant abuses invite little scrutiny
Problem officers still find work
How serious offenses go unreported
Sworn to protect....their pensions
Governor investigates CJSTC
Additional concerns surrounding the
Volusia County Sheriff's Department

VCSO deputy supplies underage females with alcohol.

VCSO deputy sexually approaches female prisoner?

Sex and the Badge
Extra-martial affairs within the VCSO?

VCSO deputy engaging in sexual relationship, while on duty?

VCSO deputy attempts romantic relationship with felony suspect?

VCSO deputy sexually assaults handcuffed woman.

VCSO deputy reprimanded for domestic violence arrest

VCSO Frangiamore-Carper murder-suicide incident

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