Florida Cop Previously Accused of Rape Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

What’s more likely to get a cop arrested, .1 grams of cocaine and a couple dozen pills or accusations of rape? From the Tampa Bay Times:

John Nohejl, who was off duty at the time, was pulled over in a traffic stop at the corner of Deltona Boulevard and Keesler Street after a Hernando Sheriff and Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation showed he was using crack cocaine and prescription pills, according to a Hernando Sheriff's news release…

Deputies found a Hyrdocodone tablet on the driver-side floorboard and a bag of 27 more tablets on the side of the road where he had tossed it during the short chase, the release states.

Nohejl was arrested. Authorities later searched his house and found bags, pipes, scales and 0.1 grams of cocaine.

Nohejl, whose last post at the police department was as a master patrol officer, has a lengthy disciplinary record in the agency.

He was first investigated in January 2008 when, while working as a school resource officer at Gulf Middle, a MySpace page he had set up to connect with students was linked to sexually oriented websites, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The investigation did not result in any findings of wrongdoing.

He continued working at the school until that April, when a female acquaintance accused him of rape while off duty. Nohejl said the sexual encounter was consensual. Prosecutors could not confirm who was correct and did not file charges.

However, the Times reported, then-Chief Martin Rickus, wrote this to Nohejl: "It is clear that you could have handled yourself in a more appropriate and professional manner. I sincerely hope that in the future you will be more careful with whom you associate off-duty."

Do cops send strongly worded letters to civilians accused of crimes? Have you ever heard of such a thing?

The Tampa Bay Times provides more details of the cop’s history of internal affairs investigations. There is currently even one ongoing, though police did not disclose the subject. Nohejl is currently in jail on $110,500 bail, learning that the war on drugs may be more powerful even than the “professional courtesy” endemic among America’s police forces.

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  • sarcasmic||

    What is it with Florida cops? Seems like more than half of these stories we get about bad cops come from Florida.

  • Libertymike||

    Perhaps they are just more zealous in their mission to serve and to protect.

  • Ed||

    It's a thing with Florida and bizarre news. That's why so many local Florida TV reporters end up on cable news and national networks

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    Florida in general is where A-Holes go.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Do cops send strongly worded letters to civilians accused of crimes? Have you ever heard of such a thing?

    If it's a crime they have no evidence for beyond the word of another person, yes. In fact a "civilian" wouldn't even have gotten chewed out by the chief.

    Rape is much harder to prove than drug possession. Shouldn't you guys be happy he was prosecuted for drug possession rather than just being let go, anyway?

  • $park¥||

    Shouldn't you guys be happy he was prosecuted for drug possession rather than just being let go, anyway?

    Are you really asking this question of a crowd that believes drugs should be legalized?

  • ||

    The point is that cop or not, rape charges are rarely sticky. It would be a more serious pattern of a Blue Wall if they continued to ignore even the more provable drug related criminal charges.

    Yet another anecdotal post about a bad cop that it no way helps support the argument that the overall system is bad.

  • SugarFree||

    Yet another anecdotal post about a bad cop that it no way helps support the argument that the overall system is bad.

    [spit take, drenches Warty]

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    You can be against the drug laws while still thinking they should be enforced nondiscriminatorily.

  • $park¥||

    I still don't see the logic behind asking a bunch of people who are for drugs and wary of cops if they'd like to see a cop be busted for drugs rather than rape.

  • Liberty||

    Cry me a river. A third of all rape accusations are false.

  • Libertymike||

    I would beg to differ:

    False accusations of rape are much higher than one in three. Just ask Kobe or Mr. Playmaker himself, Michael Irvin or Mr. Seligman (Duke lacrosse) and his buds.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Don't forget Big Ben, three times. The third time an honorable PA state police officer was accused of abetting it.

  • Libertymike||

    I bet that bloated, corpulent, long tessed Pittsburgh talkmeister and former WCW analyst, Mark Madden, has put his paws on more than one damsel - without consent.

    Still waiting for the goods on his pronouncement that Jerry Sandusky was just the front for a large scale boy pimping operation at Happy valley.

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    Maybe a third of all rape accusations against you are.

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    Is that STEVE SMITH in disguise?

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    STEVE SMITH NOT NEED DISGUISE. STEVE SMITH JUST HEAR WOMEN LOVE TO BE RAPED BY MAN IN UNIFORM.

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    I thought he looked more like Paul Blart sans moustache. In fact, this would make a good backstory as to why he's working as a mall cop in the first place.

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    Yeah, but this cop looks like he is bigger, both horizontally and vertically.

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    Is that STEVE SMITH in disguise?

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    Nope. Steve Smith is a sheriff in VA.

    http://www.greenecountysheriffva.com/

  • some guy||

    He vows to "Put citizens first".

    No word on reach-arounds.

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    Only the police can be trusted with guns.

  • ||

    And they really, really need high capacity mags.

  • Libertymike||

    Does anybody see the Ravens beating the Pats on Sunday?

  • ||

    Don't be absurd. I would love to see Brady's sadface, but...no way.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Even though they beat my beloved Broncos, I'd love to see the Ravens go to the Super Bowl. If only because any game that New England loses is a good game.

  • Lennay Kekua||

    I swear on my grave that the Ravens will win.

  • Libertymike||

    Hearing all of my fellow Massholes and other New Englanders whine does make for good radio.

    Go Ravens!

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    FUCK ART MODELL

    As always when the Ravens are involved, I'm rooting for their plane to crash.

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    I'll give an even shot. Many of Brady's bottom stats are against Baltimore.

    Just glancing -- 58.6 completion
    74.1 passer rating, and a high sac record against him.

  • Paul.||

    It's not reasonable to restrict magazine capacity for law-abiding law enforcement who are saving lives.

  • Paul.||

    He was first investigated in January 2008 when, while working as a school resource officer at Gulf Middle,

    NRA: More armed cops in schools!

  • Paul.||

    Do cops send strongly worded letters to civilians accused of crimes? Have you ever heard of such a thing?

    No, because we're held to higher standards.

  • Hugh Akston||

    We just get sent to prison on circumstantial evidence until DNA exonerates us a decade or so later.

  • Paul.||

    That is if the prosecutor doesn't try to block the DNA evidence.

  • ChrisO||

    The new professionalism.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    They need to get these coppers on meth. Maybe slim them down a little.

  • Doctor Whom||

    Those near me are missing enough of their teeth as it is.

  • some guy||

    Deputies found a Hyrdocodone tablet on the driver-side floorboard
    What is it with drug users and leaving expensive drugs on the floorboards? Cheetos are worthless by comparison, but you'll find nary an orange speck anywhere in my car.

  • Paul.||

    This is your brain.

    This is your brain on cheetos...

    Any questions?

  • Hyperion||

    Wait a minute... I recognize the guy in that photo... It's Dunphy!!!

    I knew he was really in Florida... and working out? Working out with donuts!

  • Sam Grove||

    At college, many moons ago, my room mate was visited by his friend, a rookie state trooper. He took us for a drive on a residential street at 75 mph. He explained "professional courtesy" to us as to why he wasn't worried about getting pulled over.

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