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Voters choose to shut down Sorrento Police

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SORRENTO - People in Sorrento voted overwhelmingly in favor of abolishing their scandal-plagued police department Tuesday night.

The total was 323-170 to shut down the Sorrento PD, which has been seen its police chief resign amid a sexual assault scandal, its insurance be suspended and its force cut down to almost nothing.

After running unopposed, 71-year-old Fern Barnett recently stepped into the void left in the police chief's office. She said if the town chose to shut down the police department, she would resign.

Former chief Earl Theriot admitted in federal court that he lied to FBI investigators looking into accusations he sexually abused a drunk woman he detained and took back to his office. He received two years probation in September after the judge was told about his cooperation with authorities looking into another active investigation.


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