Former Jupiter police sergeant, fired for sex acts on duty, sues town alleging sexual harassment

JUPITER, Fla. - A former Jupiter police sergeant, fired after an investigation found he performed sex acts while on duty, is now suing the town of Jupiter.

Jason VanSteenburgh is suing the town for negligent supervision as well as retaliation and discrimination, after he says he was sexually harassed by then Major Amy Walling.

Walling was fired at the same time as VanSteenburgh, for engaging in those sexual acts with the sergeant, while he was on duty.

Investigators said videos taken during the acts were part of evidence. 

In his lawsuit, VanSteenburgh admits he engaged in a sexual relationship with his supervisor, Walling in 2013. But he says "she used her power as major to discipline him for personal matters/disputes and put his position on the SWAT team at issue."

VanSteenburgh said he ended his relationship with W…

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Uber driver found guilty of sexual battery

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.-- After deliberating over the span of two days, the jury in the trial of an Uber driver accused of rape returned a verdict Friday afternoon.

The panel found Gary Kitchings guilty on five of six counts. He was found not guilty on one charge of sexual battery with a deadly weapon. 

He was accused of sexually battering a passenger he drove home from SunFest last year.

During the trial, the jury heard testimony from the accuser who testified that Kitchings assaulted her In both the car and then at her house and threatened her with a gun.

Kitchings testified in his own defense and said that the sexual encounter was consensual. 

The victim, who did not want to be identified, said she was very happy with the verdict and grateful to the jury and Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office.

“It speaks…

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