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Monday, October 31, 2005

3 workers at DOC face dismissal

Gainesville Sun, FL

TALLAHASSEE - Three Department of Corrections employees, including the son of the state's top law enforcement officer, have been placed on paid leave and face dismissal for undisclosed charges.

All three were involved in a fight at a Tallahassee softball banquet in April that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigated.

And all three have ties to Allen Clark, the former DOC Region I director who abruptly quit his $94,000 position in August in the midst of ongoing FDLE and Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutiny into myriad activities within the prison system.

Earlier this year, FDLE investigators interviewed a man who was beaten by Frye, Clark and Bowen at a softball banquet in Tallahassee on April 1.

The man, James Edward O'Bryan, had accidentally slipped in a pool of beer and vomit, knocking down a female acquaintance of Clark's. Clark, Frye and Bowen then beat the man until he left, the investigation found.

Once outside, those helping O'Bryan said a man they identified as Bradley Tunnell verbally threatened them.


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