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Fla. Juvenile Justice Chief Faces Ethics Charge

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

The state Ethics Commission has found probable cause to believe Florida's top juvenile justice official corruptly misused his position or state resources.

The allegations against Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary
Frank Peterman stem from allegedly excessive expenses for traveling
between his hometown of St. Petersburg and Tallahassee.

The commission on Wednesday released the findings made during a
closed-door meeting Friday.

Peterman's lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking
comment.

In February, Peterman reimbursed the state $26,811. That was
after Gov. Charlie Crist ordered an investigation of reports on his
travel expenses by the St. Petersburg Times and The Miami Herald.


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