JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office detective accused of accessing government databases to share confidential information with an inmate will be added to the Brady list, News4Jax learned Thursday.
Prosecutors intend to add Det. Bionca Williams to the list of law enforcement officers charged with a crime or charged with behavior that would make them unreliable witnesses in court, a spokesman told News4Jax.
Williams, 32, was released from Duval County Jail Wednesday night four hours after Sub-Sheriff Pat Ivey announced she had been arrested for a third-degree felony for crimes against users of computers, computer systems and electronic systems.
Ivey said the sheriff’s office will attempt to fire the detective, a seven-year-old veteran who has chosen not to resign while she goes through the civil service procedure for JSO employees accused of wrongdoing.
“Make no secret of it, we are going to fire this employee,” said Ivey. “Public service regulations require us to go through a process. This is their protection. But we will go through this process and I believe that in the end it will be successful in completing it. “
Ivey said Williams used JSO criminal justice databases to discuss an active investigation with an inmate with whom she had an unspecified relationship. The undersheriff didn’t elaborate on it, just saying that there was “some kind of relationship” there.
Williams is the sixth JSO officer and the eighth agency employee to be arrested in 2021, Ivey said.
Prosecutors will add officers to their Brady list if the officer is charged with conduct that compromises his or her integrity and credibility. This can distort their testimony in criminal matters and lead to convictions being overturned.
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