PORT ST. LUCIE — A Port St. Lucie police officer was fired after an internal affairs investigation determined he had sex while on duty in October with a woman he met during a burglary call, according to recently released records and a police spokesman.
Officer Charles Greene III was fired March 8 after the investigation showed he had a sexual encounter about a day after Greene went to the woman's home in southeast Port St. Lucie for a burglary call, according to records and Master Sgt. Frank Sabol, police spokesman.
Police began investigating after the woman's husband — an inmate at the St. Lucie County Jail — reported to a St. Lucie County sheriff's lieutenant that his wife had sex with Greene while Greene was on duty.
Police determined Greene, who was hired in July 2008, was dispatched to the woman's home about 2:05 a.m. Oct. 23 for a burglary call. The woman said the night after the burglary report, Greene came by to check on her. He was in uniform, she said.
She said she invited Greene in, and he checked on her slider doors. She said they were "a little ‘flirty,'" and there was an "obvious" mutual attraction, records state.
She said he left after about 20 minutes, and a text conversation began. She invited him back to her home. She said he arrived about 1 a.m. on Oct. 24 on his lunch break and they had sex in her bedroom. She said she didn't think Greene did anything wrong, saying "she believed he was on his lunch break and was technically off duty," records state.
Greene sent her a text message at 12:54 a.m. Oct. 24 indicating he'd arrived at her home. The texts stopped until 1:54 a.m., when Greene texted "Ty again" (thank you).
Greene, 44 at the time of the incident, initially told police he had sex with the woman while off duty after the end of a shift. He later said he recalled it occurred while he was working.
"Police officers do not have unpaid breaks and they are still on call and must be able to respond to calls in cases of emergency, even if they are on their break," Sabol said via email.
The woman said her husband was constantly calling her from jail. She said she told him about the relationship with Greene "to get him to leave her alone," records state.
"She said she thought by telling her husband what occurred it would help end their relationship," records state.
She said she didn't want Greene to get in trouble.
Police in November listened to recorded calls between the woman and her husband from jail. Described as "obviously upset with the situation," the husband asked whether Greene was on duty, and the wife said yes. She said he removed his gun belt and bulletproof vest before having sex.
The internal affairs investigation sustained allegations against Greene including quitting work, wasting time, loitering; disregarding job duties by loafing or neglecting work; neglect in performing assigned duties; and immoral, unlawful or improper conduct or indecency either on or off the job.