Corrections officer arrested on multiple charges

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to a release from the Office of the State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida, a former Florida Department of Corrections officer has been arrested on multiple charges.

The announcement was made Wednesday morning.

In the release, officials said Rea Sweatt faces charges of Racketeering, Tampering with Witnesses, Forgery, Uttering Forged Instruments, Official Misconduct and Making False Official Statements.

The charges come from a joint investigation by Florida Department of Corrections, Office of The Inspector General and the Office of the State Attorney.

The release said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Highway Patrol helped in this arrest.

It is alleged Sweatt failed to properly supervise 14 felony offenders in Okaloosa County from March 2018 to February 2019 while employed as a Senior Probation and Community Control Officer for the State of Florida.

The release also said, "It is further alleged that to conceal her conduct, she falsified required weekly supervision records which were maintained and relied on by the Florida Department of Corrections."

Sweatt is also accused of contacting multiple offenders and telling them to testify falsely if anyone contacted them about their supervision.

The release said Sweatt resigned from her position with the Department of Corrections in March 2019.

This is an ongoing investigation.