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Sex scandal forces two more resignations at Lakeland Police Department

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Lt. Al Wilson. (Photo from LPD website.) Lt. Al Wilson. (Photo from LPD website.)
LAKELAND (FOX 13) -

Two more employees of the Lakeland Police Department have resigned in the wake of a sex scandal that has shaken the department in recent weeks.

Officer George Vidal, 64, resigned, and Lieutenant Al Wilson, 45, retired, FOX 13's Ken Suarez reports.

Monday, Chief Lisa Womack fired Sergeant David Woolverton and Sgt. Rusty Longaberger for their part in the controversy.

Investigators say that over a period of several years, at least 10 officers in the police department were engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior -- sometimes while on-duty -- with a female city employee.

That employee, Sue Eberle, later stepped forward to say she was the victim of a "sexually toxic" work environment at the department.

The allegations surfaced after a three-month investigation by the state attorney's office. The report detailed numerous sexual encounters at various locations, including the police department, city buildings and even police vehicles -- some of which were not consensual, according to the report.

Since then, Chief Lisa Womack has been defending the department, and her own job.

On Monday, she said more sanctions would be coming, and would be handed down within the next week.

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