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Jupiter police officers fired for having sex on job, taking explicit photos

Jupiter police officers fired for having sex on job, taking explicit photos (Courtesy Jupiter PD)

Two Jupiter Police sergeants are out of a job after sexting and engaging in sexual activity on duty.

The police chief recommended a few weeks ago that both sergeants should be fired.

Now the Jupiter Town Manager has decided to go along with the chief’s recommendation.

Sgt. Amy Walling and Sgt. Jason Vansteenburgh fired from the Jupiter Police force effective immediately.

The Jupiter Town Manager saying “Their behavior was unacceptable and disappointing and does not represent the culture or organizational values of the Town of Jupiter, the Jupiter Police Department or its employees.”

“These two officers not only I think demeaned themselves but they also put a black mark on the department,” said Robert Buchholz, president and principal of Scott-Roberts and Associates in Lake Worth, a firm that conducts employment and tenant screenings and background checks.

Buchholz is a retired undersheriff and a retired captain with the New York State Police, with over 30 years’ experience in law enforcement.

“It does give the department a black eye and I’m sure that the community is kind of scratching their heads and saying wait a minute, what is going on over there and can we trust our own police department?” said Buchholz.

According to an Internal Affairs report Sgt. Vansteenburgh engaged in sexual activity with Sgt. Walling while on duty in 2015, then lied when asked about it.

Walling and Vansteenburgh also exchanged partially nude photos wearing their police uniforms.

Should they be fired? Since their salaries come from tax dollars, we wanted to hear what taxpayers think.

“I would say that is inappropriate behavior and that the police should be held to a higher standard,” said Holly Grossman, Rhode Island.

“If it was up to me and I was making the rules, yeah, they’d be gone. Absolutely. No question about it,” said Art Herold, Jupiter.

“I just don’t think that’s appropriate at all. Officials should be kept to a certain standard,” said Bob Mech, Jupiter.

CBS12 called attorneys for both sergeants.

The attorney for Walling says she’ll appeal this decision and take this case to an arbitrator, in hopes of getting her job back.

Vansteenburgh’s attorney did not return several phone calls.




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