Former PCSO civilian detention clerk arrested for sexual misconduct with inmate in 2015

Posted at 11:26 PM, Feb 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-16 23:26:29-05

Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies have arrested a civilian detention clerk for having a sexual relationship with an inmate.

PCSO deputies arrested 21-year-old Tanquisia McGill of Lakeland for one count of Sexual misconduct between detention facility employees and inmates (F-3), one count of Interference with county prisoners (M-2), and one count of Culpable Negligence (M-2), after an investigation revealed that she had consensual sexual intercourse with a South County Jail inmate on one occasion in December 2015, that resulted in the conception of a child.

The inmate, 23-year-old Johnathan Lott, was arrested by the Lakeland Police Department in 2015 for several charges related to a traffic fatality, for which he was indicted by the grand jury. In January 2016, he was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison. 

According to the affidavit, in December 2015 McGill allowed Lott out of his secured sleeping cell and into the control room where she was working to have sex with her.

Lott was transferred to Santa Rosa state prison in February 2016. The baby that was conceived was born in September 2016. McGill has maintained a relationship with Lott through telephone calls, which was recently reported to PCSO. 

Deputies immediately began an investigation, and during a post-Miranda interview McGill confessed to starting a romantic relationship with Lott, while he was incarcerated. McGill told detectives she listed Lott as the father on the child's birth certificate.

McGill was hired by PCSO in October 2014 as a Detention Support Specialist, working in the South County Jail in Frostproof. She resigned from PCSO upon her arrest - had she not resigned, she would have been terminated.



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