Deputy Suspended Without Pay After Allegedly Masturbating in His Patrol Car
BROOKSVILLE – A Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputy is serving a three day suspension without pay, after allegations emerged that he performed a sexual act in his patrol car while on duty.
An internal Affairs investigation began on April 29th, after a woman contacted RNRF and provided an extensive, sexually explicit text message thread, between her and Deputy Vincent Mascitelli.
The woman making those claims, Stephanie Marasco, tells RNRF that she and Mascitelli met in the early morning hours of October 3rd, in the parking lot of Beacon Theater, located on Cortez Blvd. Marasco says during that meeting, Deputy Mascitelli masturbated in his patrol car while she stood outside talking to him.
Interaction between the two began back in September of 2015, when, according to Marasco, Mascitelli initiated contact with her via Facebook messenger. The two sent dozens of sexually charged messaged back and forth, between September 28th and October 5th, while Mascitelli was on duty. The messages were not only sexual in nature but in one message Mascitelli writes “I’m currently in a relationship that’s not going well… she’s cheating as well… I just want to be honest with you.” In another message Mascitelli writes “LOL as long as we keep it fwb (friends with benefits) and private, even if I’m out with her in public… So are you in or out?”
Investigator John Ellis determined through his investigation that Deputy Mascitelli violated three separate agency policies through his actions; Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct – Unbecoming of an Officer – Neglect of Duty, and Internet/Electronic Communication.
Ellis notes in his report that “The sexual act could not be proved or disproved; however, the mere allegation that this action took placed, coupled with the aforementioned sexually explicit messages lends credence to the legitimacy of the allegations.”
At the conclusion of the report, Ellis writes, “The information Stephanie Marasco provided to the media outlet “RealNewsRealFast” not only brings discredit to Deputy Mascitelli, it also brings shame to the Sheriff’s Office.” He goes on to say, “Deputy Mascitelli’s decision to engage in the activity has the potential to affect the public’s faith and trust, not only in Deputy Mascitelli, but all employees of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.”
Deputy Mascitelli will be suspended for 24-hours; which equates to a wage loss of about $470, according to officials.
Deputy Mascitelli made headlines in 2014, when he and another Deputy saved the life of a man who was found choking. He and Deputy Gregory Locke received awards from Sheriff Al Nienhuis for their heroic actions during a ceremony.
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