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Former Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputy Charged With Sexual Battery

Former Hernando County Sheriff's deputy, Zachary Carter, was arrested on Thursday and charged with one count of Sexual Battery with No Serious Personal Injury after coercing the victim to have sexual relations with him.

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. – Former Hernando County Sheriff’s deputy, Zachary Carter, was arrested on Thursday and charged with one count of Sexual Battery with No Serious Personal Injury after coercing the victim to have sexual relations with him.

Earlier this year, detectives were notified that Carter coerced the victim to have sexual relations with him on two different occasions, in two different locations. 

Carter, who was formerly a Hernando County Sheriff’s deputy, was in uniform and on duty during both contacts.  Carter indicated the victim would face arrest for failing to comply with his wishes.

A lengthy and thorough criminal investigation ensued, according to deputies.

Once notified of the investigation, Carter immediately resigned from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

Working closely with the State Attorney’s Office, a warrant was obtained for the arrest of Zachary Carter.

Investigation revealed that Carter did, in fact, commit acts of sexual battery, as described by the victim.

Carter turned himself into the Pasco County Detention Center on Thursday.

He was charged with Sexual Battery w/No Serious Personal Injury and his bond was set at $10,000.

Carter, who is 30 years old, worked at the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office from 2018 to 2022.  Carter had no previous disciplinary actions in his file.

Sheriff Al Nienhuis said, “I’m both disappointed and appalled by the actions of this former deputy.  I hold my employees to the highest standards of conduct and professionalism and will not tolerate any departure from those standards.”

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