Two Hernando County Sheriff's Deputies charged in separate cases

Deputy Michael Glatfelterb, Sgt Joseph Reid resign

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. - Two former Hernando County Sheriff's deputies now face criminal charges in separate cases.

One is accused of stealing money intended for the family of a fallen deputy, the other is accused of stealing taxpayer dollars.

Deputy Michael Glatfelter and Sergeant Joseph Reid resigned before being booked into the Citrus County Jail.

Both men posted bond.

"Friendship is trust and he broke that trust," said Steve Klapka.

Klapka is a former deputy who grew up with Glatfelter.

He is also the district director of the Fraternal Order of Police in Hernando County.

He's known Glatfelter for 35 years but never expected to see him on the other side of the law.

"To take money from brother officers and from a memorial account for a an individual who lost his life while serving for this agency. It's a sickening feeling," Klapka said.

Glatfelter was the former treasurer of a local Fraternal Order of Police.

He is accused of stealing over $1,000 from a memorial fund designated to go to the family of Deputy Scott Bierwiler, a Hernando County deputy who was killed in a car accident on his way to work in 2009.

The alleged withdraw happened after he left his post as treasurer.

Klapka said the FOP plans to make things right.

"That money will go to the Bierwiler family. We're going to make sure of that," Klapka said.

Klapka said the FOP has also changed policies to try and ensure a similar incident doesn't happen in the future.

Friday morning, Sheriff Al Nienhuis expressed his frustrations as he outlined not just the charges facing Glatfelter, but also a separate case centered around a former sergeant, Joseph Reid.

"Both of these individuals took an oath and both of them have betrayed that oath," Nienhuis said.

Reid is accused of stealing up to $1,500 from the VICE unit as far back as 2011.

Nienhuis said a captain even used some of his own money to cover the debts.

That captain is now on leave while the sheriff's office continues its investigation.

"This betrayal of trust has left me angry, it has left me frustrated, but most of all it's left me disappointed," Nienhuis said.

ABC Action News did reach out to the states attorney's office to see if the investigation surrounding Reid would impact any pending cases. So far we have not heard back.

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