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Two Lakeland police sergeants fired over sex scandal

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LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) -

Two Lakeland police sergeants have been fired following a sex scandal that has rocked the department.

Sergeants Rusty Longaberger, 45, and David Woolverton, 38, were fired Monday following an internal investigation.

Related story: 07/12/2013 Lakeland PD scandals could result in disciplinary action

A third sergeant, Felicia Wilson, resigned effective immediatly. Sergeant Wilson was under investigation regarding "concerns with her preparation for a jury trial and her related testimony," Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack said.

These departures are the result of on-going internal investigations into officer misconduct. Those investigations follow  recent investigations by the Polk County State Attorney's Office. 

Related story: 07/01/2013 Lakeland PD Chief in hot seat with city commission over scandals

State Attorney Jerry Hill said he would no longer accept testimony from all three of these officers.

Word of the disciplinary action against the officer's comes as Mayor Gow Fields announces a 15 member commission to review the Lakeland Police Department.

The panel is expected to report back to the Mayor's office within 30 days. A full recommendation is expected by September.

Members of the Lakeland Police Advisory Commission include:

  • Dr. Anne Kerr - President of Florida Southern College
  • Dr. Elaine Thompson - CEO Lakeland Regional Health Systems and Lakeland Regional Medical Center
  • Frank O'Reilly - Former Mayor of Lakeland and Former Polk School Board Member
  • Katrina Lunsford - Vice President, Fifth Third Bank
  • Ana Rivera - President & CEO, Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of Polk County
  • Dr. Jim Sewell - Retired FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement)
  • Tim Jackson - COO, NuJak Development & Chair-Elect, Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Rick Garcia - Owner & President, Gulf Coast Avionics
  • Dr. Kent Ingle - President, Southeastern University
  • Myra Bryant - President of the Lakeshore Neighborhood Association and President of Lakeland's Neighborhood Association Council
  • Mary Smith - President of the Dixieland Neighborhood Association
  • Paul Roberts - AP History and AP Government Teacher at Lakeland Sr. High School and Adjunct Professor at Everest University
  • Bruce Abels - Logistics & Supply Chain Professional, Retired as President of Saddle Creek Corporation after 15 years
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