- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 18, 2019

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - A detective for a Florida sheriff’s office has resigned following his arrest on charges of forgery and falsifying public records.

Polk County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release that 31-year-old Dennis Jones Jr. didn’t explain himself when he was arrested Tuesday.

An investigation found Jones falsified two waivers of prosecution in May in an investigation involving a boy and girl who were in a relationship. Officials say Jones wrote that he went to both homes and that both sets of parents asked not to press charges. In a follow-up, another detective visited the parents in August and collected their sworn statements that they’d neither met with Jones nor signed the waivers.

The report says Jones also falsified documents while investigating an allegation of improper discipline at a daycare center.

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