Liberty County Sheriff Arrested

Inspectors with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Office of Executive Investigations obtained a warrant for the arrest of the Liberty County Sheriff, 50 year old Nicholas Lee Finch.

Finch was arrested Tuesday on one count of official misconduct.

Investigators alleged that Finch destroyed or removed official arrest documents from the Liberty County Jail, making it appear as though an arrest never occurred.

The investigation revealed that a Liberty County Sheriff's office deputy arrested a Liberty County resident on March 8 for carrying a concealed firearm without a permit, which is a third degree felony.

Shortly after the suspect was booked into the Liberty County Jail, Finch allegedly released the suspect and altered or destroyed documents associated with his arrest.

Finch was arrested just after 4:00 Tuesday afternoon and was booked into the Liberty County Jail. He has since been released on his own recognizance.

Finch was elected Liberty County Sheriff in 2012.

Carl Causey has been announced as Interim Liberty County Sheriff by Governor Rick Scott.

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