Fort Myers police officer accused of failing to report child abuse no longer with department

After an internal affairs investigation, Fort Myers police officer Tyler Williams is no…

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Kaitlin Greenockle
 
| Fort Myers News-Press

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Police officer charged with failing to report suspected child abuse

In a press conference Tuesday, June 9, 2020, Fort Myers police announced the arrest of an officer who has been charged with failure to report suspected child abuse after a 2018 traffic stop.

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After an internal affairs investigation involving a child abuse case, a Fort Myers police officer is no longer employed at the department.

As of Tuesday, Tyler Williams is no longer employed with the agency, according to a department news release.

Williams was investigated and accused of not reporting suspected child abuse, and his case was dismissed in November. However, he remained on paid leave until the conclusion of an internal affairs investigation.

The internal affairs investigation has officially been closed, the release states.

Williams was taken into custody on June 9, 2020, after officials conducted a criminal investigation that stemmed from a complaint regarding Williams’ actions during a January 2020 traffic stop.

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At 4:50 a.m. Jan. 18, 2020, Williams conducted a traffic stop at  Colonial and Solomon boulevards where he found narcotics and paraphernalia in the vehicle. A child was a passenger in the back seat, according to court documents.

The child’s mother was also a passenger in the vehicle.

A month after the Jan. 18 traffic stop, the child, Serenity Robinson, died in a crash along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard when she was thrown from a silver Kia Sedona van.

The van was driven by her mother, who police say was under the influence of narcotics.

Williams’ criminal charge was dismissed in November when Judge Nicholas Thompson granted the dismissal, stating there was nothing in the material of facts from the traffic stop that would have given anyone reasonable cause to suspect abuse to the child. 

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