Sheriff’s Deputies Jailed for Videotaped Sex With Minors, But We Can’t Publish Their Mugshots?

Eric Burdette | FilmingCops.com

While the nationwide debate continues over the filming of cops by private citizens, some choose to be filmed willingly… While having sex… With minors.

Such is the case in Pensacola, Florida, where Escambia County sheriff’s deputies Mark Smith and Walter Thomas were arrested and charged with felony sexual assault on a minor back in March of this year.

The case stems from an investigation of a local couple, Douglas and Leah Manning, known as “swingers” because they allegedly practice sex with multiple partners.

The investigation turned up evidence that the two deputies were involved in illicit sexual activity with minors who were introduced to the deputies by Leah Manning.

Douglas Manning is alleged to have videotaped the sexual assaults.

Both Douglas and Leah are civil servants themselves being employed as paramedics in a neighboring county.

While it is encouraging to know that the two deputies have been arrested and will likely face prison time for their misdeeds, the case also shows a glaring inequity in the system.

The couples’ faces were plastered all over TV and the internet while a nationwide manhunt ensued seeking their capture.

Meanwhile, the deputies pictures have oddly escaped the public glare.

Why?

The reason is an obscure Florida statute which protects deputies from having their mug shots shown publicly in order to protect them and their families.

However, for a state that is on the front lines of governmental transparency with its Sunshine laws, this statute is a travesty.

One of the biggest problems with the rise of the police state and its subsequent abuse of power, is that police are given a double standard.


How can we expect those entrusted with enforcing the laws to abide by them when they are repeatedly allowed to be above it.

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  • Guest

    Yep…publish everyone else’s pic/mugshot that does such a heinous crime, even before conviction, to “protect the children”….when it comes to a cop….well, we just can’t do that….hypocrisy much, do they?

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    • Jimmie Staley

      Yep…makes you wonder if the ASPCA should be involved too.

  • Douglas Steward

    WHATEVER THE DEMOCRATS KNOW ABOUT THE REPUBLICANS THAY HAVE ALLOWED THEM TO GET AWAY WITH CRIMES AGAINST US AMERICANS OF ALL COLORS FOR DECADES AND EVEN 100 YEARS AND COUNTING!!! HOW CAN WE AMERICANS TRUST THE REPUBLICANS AND THE DEMOCRATS WHEN THEY HAVE COVERED FOR AND COMMITED ATTROCITIES AGINST US AND CITIZENS IN OTHER COUNTRIES TOO!!! WE NEED THE OUTSIDE WORLD TO COME INTO AMERICA TO HELP US ARREST AND PROSECUTE THE SATANIC WHITE CRIMINAL TREASONOUS TERRORIST REPUBLICANS INT OJAILS AND OR HELL ASAP!!! INVESTIGATE MY LIFE TO SEE HOW MANY CRIMES THAT THESE SATANIC WHITE MANIAC MURDERIGN CRIMINAL TREASONOUS TERRORIST REPUBLICANS HAVE COMMITED AGAINST ME AND PEOPLE CLOSE TO ME!!! NO JUSTICE NO PEACE NO PEACE NO JUSTICE!!!

    • Amber Mae Bliss

      Most of these criminals in government are so-called Christians with no ties to Satanism whatsoever and come from any number of political parties. Somebody’s off his psych meds!!

      • ITS FUNNY THAT THE REPUBLICAN PART IS THE PARTY THAT CHAMPONED THE END OF SLAVERY AND CIVIL RIGHTS YET MINORITIES ALIGN THEMSELVES WITH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY DUE TO GENERATIONAL LOYALTIES. START READING VOTING RECORDS IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH.

        • Although true, it is not the Republican party of today, and to say otherwise is disingenuous.

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  • Greg McGowan

    Mark Smith/Walter Thomas Just google it.

    • The second picture is Eric Haines. His name is on the certificates for one, plus he’s answered some community questions before. It’s definitely Haines.

  • Laura W

    And cops wonder why they are being targeted, shot and killed and then whine and complain because no one really cares….
    Their own actions have desensitized everyday people and actually make them (cops) look more like a civilians terrorist than someone that is supposed to Protect and Serve. Protect and Serve—now that is a joke. The only ones they Protect and Serve is themselves.

  • Denise Berry

    Smdh. Registered sex offenders.