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BSO Sergeant Accused of Falsifying Records Is a Teacher at FAU, ITT Tech

​A Broward Sheriff's Office internal affairs investigator who admitted to lying in a report earlier this year is teaching criminal justice classes at the ITT Technical Institute in Fort Lauderdale, according to documents just released.

Sgt. Mary Guess, who has worked in BSO internal affairs for 14 years, is being investigated by both the Broward State Attorney's office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for authoring a report that led to the firing of Lt. James Murray, according to the South Florida Times.

She's also listed in BSO documents as an employee of both ITT Tech and Florida Atlantic University.
Guess is included in ITT Tech's 2012 course catalog as an adjunct instructor. She's also listed as an employee of Florida Atlantic University -- the FAU website lists a "Mary Guess" as "adjunct faculty" but says she isn't currently teaching any courses.

South Florida Times report from last month outlines Guess's (alleged) transgressions:

Guess wrote her July 2009 report... [and] included a claim that Murray downloaded "sexually explicit" material from "adult" websites. Based on the findings, BSO suspended Murray in October 2009 and fired him in January 2010...

During the arbitration hearing, Guess admitted Murray did not visit any pornographic sites. On cross examination, she admitted including unsubstantiated rumors in the report, even though a witness to whom they were attributed provided to her a statement saying they were untrue.

Guess also refers several times in her report to "wiping," which is the erasing of material from a computer's hard drive. However, a BSO computer technician testified at the hearing that Murray's  computer had not been wiped.

She also admitted in court to including rumors that she'd "heard... from several of her superiors" and that some of the "adult" photographic evidence of Murray was taken at sheriff's office picnics.

And now she's teaching other people how to be police officers.

Guess is included on a list of BSO employees who have taken second jobs posted by the Sun-Sentinel yesterday. Another BSO employee on the list is also under investigation: community service aide Veronica Landsmann, who works at J.C. Penney, is "currently the subject of an investigation regarding allegations of Theft/False Records," according to a report released to the Broward Bulldog earlier this year by the state attorney.

I've contacted the State's Attorney's Office for updates on the cases; a call to ITT Tech for comment hasn't yet been returned.

Note: This post originally included a section, now removed, about online commenters to the Sun-Sentinel post.


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