Officer remains on administrative leave after State Attorney files charges after off-duty incident

SARASOTA, Fla. – Jan. 11, 2015 – 9:15 a.m.

Sarasota Police Sergeant Anthony Frangioni remains on administrative leave with pay following charges that were filed against him for misdemeanor battery on Friday, January 9, 2015.  Sergeant Frangioni was booked on the charges this morning, Sunday, January 11, 2015.  The off- duty incident occurred in October 2013 and was reported to law enforcement in August 2014.  Sergeant Frangioni’s administrative leave means his police powers have been suspended pending the conclusion of an internal department investigation.

On August 8, 2014, the Sarasota Police Department received a complaint against Sergeant Frangioni.  Chief Bernadette DiPino placed Sergeant Frangioni on administrative leave on August 8, 2014 and ordered an investigation; that investigation lead to a criminal investigation which lead to the State Attorney’s Office to move forward with charges.

 “The Sarasota Police Department takes every citizen complaint seriously.  We hold our officers to a high standard of professionalism both on and off duty.” said Chief Bernadette DiPino.  “I’ve tasked Internal Affairs with doing a thorough investigation.  We are diligently investigating this case per our policies and I am awaiting the completion of this investigation,” said Chief DiPino. 

Due to the ongoing internal investigation, Chief DiPino is unable to discuss the case at this time.  Sergeant Frangioni has been a Sarasota Police Department officer for 16 years.  He’s currently assigned to the Patrol Division.