PD: Officer used position to "ask out" a victim

Posted at 6:40 PM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 00:25:07-05
Bradenton Police Officer Cordario Pruitt is off the job after he learned the department was investigating him.  
He resigned from the force in February.  
Captain William Fowler said Pruitt was called to take a complaint about domestic violence abuse on December 22, 2015.  Fowler said Pruitt took the complaint, but didn't turn in the proper paperwork until 23 days later.
"If Ofc. Pruitt would have turned in the report, more than likely a warrant for the boyfriend's arrest would have been issued and it would have been dealt with right then and there," said Fowler.
Investigators said Pruitt returned to the woman's home and asked her out to dinner about a week later.  They said he even started texting her.  
The victim eventually reported the alleged actions to prosecutors.  
Laurel Lynch works for "Hope Family Services."  
She said Pruitt's actions can harm the public's trust. 
"I don't know if women are going to trust law enforcement if these kind of things happen and that's my greatest fear," said Lynch.
Officer Pruitt was on the force for about a year.  He will most likely not face any criminal charges stemming from the investigation.