I’m told the sheriff took Deputy Timothy McCarthy‘s sterling record under consideration! McCarthy, 44, a patrolman in the Lake Worth district, won deputy of the year in the district in 2009!
Early on Jan. 21, however, Internal Affairs sleuths believe McCarthy wasn’t really a stand-up guy when he stopped on Dixie Highway to assist a 24-year-woman who, according to the IA report, had been drinking all night.
The woman, who was not identified because she claimed to have been the victim of a sexual assault, was upset and appeared disoriented.
McCarthy, who’s married, allowed her into his cruiser while they waited for a tow truck. He told his superiors the two started flirting.
Eventually, McCarthy signed off 30 minutes before the end of his 5 a.m. shift and drove the woman in his squad car an hour north to Port St. Lucie, where he lives.
There, McCarthy says he and the lady had several more drinks – then sex.
He took her back to West Palm Beach the following afternoon, but the woman’s boyfriend called 911 to report that McCarthy had sexually assaulted her.
In time, a criminal investigation showed the accusation of assault couldn’t be sustained. Mostly, Port St. Lucie cops contended that the alleged victim didn’t attempt to resist McCartly’s advance, call the police or flee McCarthy’s house.
What was sustained, however, is that McCarthy violated a deputy’s code of conduct for appearing to take advantage of a drunk, stranded woman and using a marked PBSO car to transport her.
In June, the top brass — including Chief Deputy Mike Gauger, Colonel James Stormes and Major Alfred Musco agreed to fire McCarthy.
Bradshaw brought him back Aug. 9.
“The Sheriff makes the final decision,” said Teri Barbera, Bradshaw’s spokeswoman. “(McCarthy) was given a last chance agreement (one more strike and he’s out!) and 240 discipline hours.”
Said someone involved with McCartly’s defense who asked not to be named: “Tim should never have been fired to begin with.”