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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Marion County Jail employee arrested after falsely impersonating detective

A 46-year-old Citra man employed at the Marion County Jail was arrested after admitting that he falsely impersonated a detective to intimidate a victim.

On Friday, September 10, a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office was called to an incident in Southeast Ocala concerning false impersonation of a law enforcement officer.

The victim says that Robert Morris falsely identified himself as “detective Morris” in order to intimidate the victim on behalf of a woman attempting to recover car parts. The woman texted the victim that she was bringing a detective that would arrest the victim if she did not comply with her request for the car parts.

A witness says he observed Morris falsely identify himself and asked him to produce identification. According to the report, Morris became nervous and advised he did not have a badge before attempting to leave the incident location. The witness flagged Morris down and says that upon additional questioning, Morris admitted he was not a detective with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and stated he worked at the Marion County Jail.

When interviewed by an MCSO deputy, Morris originally denied the accusation that he impersonated a detective. The deputy challenged Morris’ version of events and he recanted his statement. Morris admitted he was asked by the woman to go to the incident location to pose as a law enforcement officer.

Morris was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail. His bond was set at $2,000. He faces a charge of falsely impersonating a law enforcement official.