Clay County Sheriff Arrested for Evidence Tampering But Remains on the Ballot

August 17, 2020

By: Staff Report

ORANGE PARK, Fla. – On August 13, agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels, 55, for tampering with physical evidence, a felony, and three counts of false reports to law enforcement, a misdemeanor. Agents began their case in May 2019 after receiving a complaint regarding Sheriff Daniels’​ involvement in an arrest made by the Clay County Sheriff’s office on May 6, 2019.

Investigators say Daniels tampered with digital evidence related to FDLE’s investigation and provided false reports to FDLE Inspectors and a Clay County Sheriff’s deputy regarding the matter.

Daniels turned himself in, was booked into the Clay County Jail and released. 

Once released on bail, Daniels recorded a video, posted to YouTube on Friday, “I want you to look past the smokescreen of dirty politics,” Daniels said in a video posted, “One thing I take ownership of as a man is failures as a husband. That has nothing to do with me as a sheriff.”

He remains on the ballot for Tuesdays election, where he faces an unprecedented 6 Republican challengers. The suspension does not prevent Daniels from running, but if he wins, the suspension will remain in place until the felony case is resolved.

The full video release is below.

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