A corrections captain fired in an ongoing investigation into an alleged sexual assault at Florida State Prison was found dead Tuesday of an apparent suicide, officials said. His death is the latest in a string of scandals in the state's prison system.
The body of Capt. Keith Davison, who worked at New River Correctional Institution, was found a day after he was fired for conduct unbecoming of a corrections officer. The Union County Sheriff's Office confirmed Davison died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
In Davison's dismissal letter, it said he was being terminated for unauthorized use of Department of Correction's property.
"Specifically, you have admitted that you used the visitor's suite at Florida State Prison's Bachelor Officer Quarters, and you participated in a party that had not been authorized. You also engaged in inappropriate behavior with a subordinate employee while at this location," the letter said.
Bradford County authorities were still investigating an alleged sexual assault at the party Friday night and refused to comment on whether Davison was a suspect, said Bradford sheriff's Lt. W.H. "Bear" Bryant.
Davison's termination is the latest in a series of events drawing attention to the behavior of prison officials.
In August, Allen Clark, 40, a Crosby protege, resigned his position as regional director as federal and state officials began looking into Clark's part at a brawl at a softball banquet and other allegations of wrongdoing.
Several prison guards have been indicted for importing steroids from Egypt for use by other corrections officers, and others were charged with embezzling money received by the prisons from recycling. Two former officers have pleaded guilty in federal court in Jacksonville, admitting they funneled steroids to other prison guards. They each received three years' probation and fines of $2,500.
In addition, prison officials have been giving depositions in a federal civil case by women who are current and past department employees who alleged they were sexually harassed at work. That case is scheduled to go to trial in March.