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A detective who was recorded disparaging a potential victim and parents in the Oscar Olea sex investigation was disciplined Thursday by Key Biscayne Police Chief Frank Sousa. 

Detective Fernando Carvajal was suspended for one day without pay and will get additional training. In a statement issued by the Village, Sousa said the investigation was conducted alongside the Coral Gables internal affairs unit to ensure full transparency. 

“As the leader of this department, I recognize the impact these statements have had on the public. We will continue to work hard to uphold community trust,” Sousa said in a statement. 

Carvajal waived his right to have the police union take a role in the case and accepted his discipline, Sousa said.  The union, the PBA, did not respond to a request for comment.

On the 50-minute recording, made inadvertently on Dec. 31 last year, Carvajal said the mother of an alleged 4-year-old victim sabotaged their investigation of Olea. Olea has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual battery involving two former students. 

Oscar Olea, a gymnastics coach accused of sexual battery, watches court proceedings , Monday, March 4, 2024. Defense lawyers are trying to have him freed on bond, but a hearing was delayed . (KBI Photo/Tony Winton)

“She’s a scumbag,” he said. “Because of what she was doing on a chat, because they were chatting back and forth and she was like, the coach of everything. And what happened? We had to throw the case out the window,” he said. 

In another section of the recording, he described a third potential adult victim as “43,” a police code used when describing a person being committed involuntarily for evaluation under the Baker Act. 

A review of the recording also found the recorder was running when Carvajal shared information about the investigation with his brother, identified as Carlos. The detective had failed to stop the cellphone recorder that had had just been used to record a victim interview. 

The investigative report found three instances where Carvajal violated department policies:

  • a general requirement that officers conduct l “reflect credit on the Village government,” referring to the comments about the parent and the potential victim.
  • A duty to keep confidential information secret unless performance of a duty requires otherwise

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Editor-in-Chief

Tony Winton is the editor-in-chief of the Key Biscayne Independent and president of Miami Fourth Estate, Inc. He worked previously at The Associated Press for three decades winning multiple Edward R. Murrow awards. He was president of the News Media Guild, a journalism union, for 10 years. Born in Chicago, he is a graduate of Columbia University. His interests are photography and technology, sailing, cooking, and science fiction.

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Tony Winton is the editor-in-chief of the Key Biscayne Independent and president of Miami Fourth Estate, Inc. He worked previously at The Associated Press for three decades winning multiple Edward R. Murrow...