You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myPalmBeachPost.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myPalmBeachPost.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myPalmBeachPost.com.

Two Jupiter cops fired for texting sexually explicit photos on duty


Highlights

Jupiter officers have been on administrative leave

Police having sex while on duty is against Jupiter policy

The two Jupiter police sergeants who exchanged sexually explicit photographs while on duty and clashed in an April 17, 2016 lover’s spat in front of a Jupiter waterfront restaurant have been fired.

Amy Walling and Jason Vansteenburgh were on paid administrative leave during the internal investigation.

Police Chief Frank Kitzerow recommended termination. Jupiter Town Manager Andy Lukasik agreed, making the firing official.

The town manager has the final authority to hire and fire town employees, according to the town charter.

Lover’s fight between Jupiter cops results in investigation, suspension

“The actions of Sergeants Walling and Vansteenburgh were in violation of the Town’s policies and the Police Department’s General Orders. Their behavior was unacceptable and disappointing, and does not represent the culture or organizational values of the Town of Jupiter, the Jupiter Police Department or its employees,” according to Lukasik’s letter Thursday confirming the firings.

Kitzerow announced on Feb. 2 that an internal investigation revealed the two officers had sex while Vansteenburgh was on duty. The officers texted pornographic photos to each other, according to the internal Jupiter police investigation.

“I have carefully considered all of the relevant facts…. including the severity of the allegations, the great discredit these supervisors have brought upon themselves and the Jupiter Police Department and the Town of Jupiter, their lack of integrity and honesty, and the violation of the trust placed in them.… In addition, these violations were committed on duty or while in the performance of their duties,” Kitzerow wrote in a memo recommending firing the officers.

Walling and Vansteenburgh met in 1999 when they were both sergeants in Jupiter. Walling previously supervised Vansteenburgh when she was a major in criminal investigations and he was a detective assigned to her division. Their personal relationship started in 2012, according to the report.

Lukasik rejected Vansteenburgh’s contention that Walling had sexually harassed him after they broke up.

“I don’t find any competent, substantial evidence that you were being sexually harassed by then-Major Walling and threatened to the point of being compelled to send a photo of yourself, while working a special detail, in uniform with your penis exposed,” according to Lukasik’s letter.

In his letter firing Walling, Lukasik said Walling’s actions damaged her professional credibility so much that Walling could not return to duty.

“While you certainly didn’t compel Sergeant Vansteenburgh to have sex with you while on duty, you didn’t discourage the sexual act and were aware that it was a violation of the General Orders for him to engage in this activity,” according to Lukasik’s letter.

Read Lukasik’s letter to Walling.

Read Lukasik’s letter to Vansteenburgh.

Vansteenburgh once showed leadership potential in the police department, according to Lukasik.

“Sergeant Vansteenburgh, throughout your career, you have possessed the skills to be an effective law enforcement officer. You have shown aptitude for the job and impressed those who witnessed your efforts. I would count myself amongst those who would have considered you to have the potential to become a leader in the organization,” wrote Lukasik.

Walling had risen to the rank of major before being reduced to sergeant. Walling was the lead investigator in a hate crime three years ago that resulted in the arrest of three men in the bludgeoning death of 18-year-old Onesimo Marcelino Lopez-Ramos. Three men were charged with first-degree murder.

Neither Walling nor Vansteenburgh could be reached for comment.

Read:

Chief Kitzerow’s report (redacted)

Major Hirsch investigative report (redacted)

Investigator supplement report



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Movie producer and famed architect could team for ‘tent site’ project
Movie producer and famed architect could team for ‘tent site’ project

The city’s most prominent gateway location for development — the ‘tent site’ at Okeechobee Boulevard and South Dixie Highway — is once again a glint in developers’ eyes, despite the fact West Palm has held off on offering up the property while consultants figure out how to fix downtown’s worsening traffic....
For former Palm Beacher Linda Cooney a new trial in Las Vegas
For former Palm Beacher Linda Cooney a new trial in Las Vegas

The Nevada Supreme Court has overturned the attempted-murder conviction of former Palm Beacher Linda Cooney, finding the Las Vegas jury that convicted her of shooting her son in 2011 should not have been told that she had been charged — and acquitted — of shooting her ex-husband in Juno Beach in 1992. In a five-page ruling handed down on...
PBC school choice acceptance emails go out Friday
PBC school choice acceptance emails go out Friday

The prized tickets into Palm Beach County’s school choice programs will go out via email Friday, April 1 beginning at 4 p.m. About 21,000 students applied for those seats, and just over half of them will land a seat in their first or second choice. The district has more than 300 programs in its elementary, middle and high schools and only 11...
Spanish River High theater students bring ‘Rock of Ages’ to stage
Spanish River High theater students bring ‘Rock of Ages’ to stage

SPANISH RIVER HIGH The Theater Arts Department presents “Rock of Ages” at 7 p.m. April 21 and 22, with a 2 p.m. show on April 23. For information or to buy tickets, visit www.spanishrivertheater.org CHRISTA MCAULIFFE MIDDLE The Chorus will present a spring musical program at 6 p.m. today at the school, 6500 Le Chalet Blvd., Boynton Beach...
Man cooking turkey in charcoal pit accuses HOA board member of assault

PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE THEFT After chatting with a security officer, a man walked over to a nearby sunglasses display rack, selected two pairs and strolled out of the store in the 3100 block of PGA Boulevard. A review of the shopping center’s surveillance showed the man exiting the facility, getting into a car and driving away. Though the...
More Stories