NORTH PORT, Fla. -- In her first sit-down interview since the North Port Police party scandal, former officer Melanie Turner speaks out about the dropped sexual battery charges. She also speaks on subjects ranging from the night in question to what she thinks of the alleged victim.
The 33-year-old mother of two who served a tour in Iraq says she was just weeks away from her 10-year anniversary on the force and being vested. Now she says she has lost everything. "It's ruined my life, ruined my career. The only thing I have ever wanted to do, the job I love."
Turner and another officer, Ricky Urbina, were accused of handcuffing a woman and taking her to a bedroom and performing sex acts on her. "I honestly remember very little. I won't be very much help to any of those questions."
The woman later accused them of doing it against her will.
Turner says that much she knows isn't true. “There is no doubt in my mind that I would have helped her if I thought she was hurt, or somebody was doing something against her will."
Turner says the accuser was the one who had been making advances all along. "We initially became friends, I thought. That was obviously not true. She was very flirtatious and up front about everything. It was mostly sexual in nature."
This week the State Attorney's Office announced they're declining to press charges, citing a lack of evidence.
We asked her if she felt like she is a victim at all. "No absolutely not."
All of it highlighted by the fact Urbina, who was on duty at the time of the incident, took his own life before charges could be filed. "It is more than sad. She has to deal with the consequences of her actions. Ricky's death is one of them.”
Turner says the accusations that law enforcement is partying hard in North Port are not true. "It is typical with parties at her house. It is not typical of any party I have been to with law enforcement."
When asked if she is at fault at all, Turner only says she should not have drank so much. "It happened; I can't change it now. I am human, everyone is human. We have all made mistakes. Yeah, getting that drunk to the point where I can't remember was probably a mistake. I could not even defend myself."
What's next, she doesn't know. "I don't know. Pick myself up and find something else to do, I guess."
Attorneys for the accuser in this case say they may take civil action, and the investigation by the State Attorney did not result in a just result.
Turner says she's not worried about that because she's now broke as a result.