Detention Deputy Found Not Guilty in Sexual Misconduct Trial

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By: Matt Galka
February 15, 2013

Gadsden County detention deputy Deric Mordica hugged friends and family inside a Quincy courtroom Friday

Mordica was found not guilty after being accused by a female inmate for having sex with her in exchange for bond money.

According to testimony, the inmate was booked March 2nd, 2012. A witness testified the alleged victim said "someone's going down for this."

Eight days later, the inmate claims Mordica had unprotected sex with her, but never paid her bond.

Mordica denied having any physical relationship with the inmate. Mordica's lawyer says the inmate was just looking for a way out of jail.

"It was a fairly straightforward case, the state didn't really have any physical evidence to support the alleged victim's statement," said Mordica's attorney Richard Smith.

We reached out to the Gadsden County sheriff's office about Mordica's status with the force. They would not comment on his current status with the sheriff's office or what his status will be in the future.

By: Matt Galka
February 15, 2013

Gadsden County, FL - The jury has reached a verdict and found Mordica not guilty.

By: Matt Galka
February 15, 2013

Gadsden County, FL - Both sides have now rested in the Mordica trial. The Judge needs to prepare jury instructions before they can deliberate.

Mordica testified for nearly an hour, repeatedly stating his innocence and denying any involvement whatsoever with the woman in question.

By Julie Montanaro
February 14, 2013

A Gadsden County detention deputy is now on trial for sexual misconduct.

Deric Mordica was arrested in June 2012 and accused of having sex with an inmate at the Gadsden County Jail.

Sex between guards and inmates - whether coerced or consensual - is illegal in the state of Florida.

Mordica's trial started this morning and will continue tomorrow.

We'll keep you posted on a verdict.

GCSO Arrest Detention Deputy for Sexual Assault

Gadsden County, FL - June 4, 2012

The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office arrested one of its detention deputy’s after allegations were made of an alleged sexual assault. Detention Deputy Deric Mordica turned himself at the end May 2012 after a warrant for sexual assault was secured for his arrest by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.

Mordica is accused of allegedly having sex with an inmate who was incarcerated at the Gadsden County Jail. Sheriff Morris A. Young states, “we must abide by same laws that we are sworn to enforce and will act upon any violation of such. We will continue to provide professional law enforcement services to this community with the integrity that the citizens deserve.”

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