Cop Watch

Monday, September 12, 2005

Fernandina Cop, Two Former Officers Face Sex Charges

A Fernandina Beach police officer and two former officers were arrested Wednesday on sex charges.

Officer Tawn Christopher Duffy and former officers James Allen Branning and Joseph Simon Ramia turned themselves at the Nassau County Detention Center as a result of an ongoing investigation of the alleged sexual assault of a juvenile.

All three are charged with unlawful sexual activity. Duffy is also charged with perjury and official misconduct. Branning and Ramia are face a charge of unlawful sexual activity. Branning is also charged with tampering with a witness and official misconduct.

The investigation, at the request of the Fernandina Beach Police Department, was conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The State Attorney's Office said they plan to prosecute all three men.