Allegations of wrongdoing were brought by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in February after the arrest of an Internal Affairs lieutenant.
Now, a law enforcement source tells me Dougan will not be arrested and no charge will be formally filed.
“PBSO wanted him charged with something,” said the source, who asked to remain anonymous. “But (interim State Attorney Peter) Antonacci told them he’d never get a conviction. It’s going nowhere.”
Dougan runs pbsotalk.com, a West Palm Beach website that’s been critical to the administration of Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. In addition to publishing public records that Dougan believes show waste within PBSO, the site also allows deputies to post anonymous messages about their superiors.
A spokeswoman for Antonacci declined comment because the disposition has yet to be signed by Antonacci to be formally closed.
“For PBSO to try to originate a charge simply for exposing corruption in their agency was criminal in itself,” Dougan said. “I’m glad to see that Mr. Antonacci’s people have the wisdom to see what’s taking place in Palm Beach County.”
Dougan also posts caricatures of PBSO honchos that at times pushed the bounds of good taste, prompting a civil lawsuit from Chief Deputy Mike Gauger, Bradshaw’s second-in-command.
In February, smack dab in the middle of Bradshaw’s reelection campaign, PBSO brass had disgraced captain Ann Burke, who has since retired, tape her conversations with IA Lieutenant Dean Johnson.
PBSO brass believed Johnson was passing on information potentially damaging to the sheriff to Dougan for publication on his site.
Johnson remains on administrative leave pending the outcome of the felony case filed against him.