A Lakeland woman called Police Officer Julio Pagan for help, but says when the officer arrived he later victimized her -- not once, but twice over a two-month period this summer.
Pagan is now charged with two counts of armed sexual battery and stalking.
Polk County State Attorney Jerry Hill blasted Police Chief Lisa Womack for lack of leadership and said her department, "...seems to be more of a threat than a protector to the public," in a letter he wrote to Lakeland City Manager Doug Thomas.
Just released 911 tapes seem to suggest the dispatcher who took the original call did not take the victim seriously when she reported the crime.
The victim said to the dispatcher, "You need to tell me what to do because he's coming out here and trying to get sex and trying to do this and that to me and you know, it's not right and I'm calling you guys and you're asking me what I want to do? You tell me."
The dispatcher called a sergeant with the Lakeland Police Department and they can be heard laughing toward the end of the recording. That infuriated Hill, who said its outrageous that the "911 dispatcher laughed at the citizen calling for help and made fun of the way one of the individuals was speaking."
The operator was later suspended. There's no word of any discipline against the police sergeant, but Hill thinks both should have been fired.
"I don't know why we pussyfoot around when the evidence we need is quite clear and evident," Hill said.
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