Sworn to Uphold the Law, but his Addiction Put Innocent People in Jail
December 8, 2021
What happens when you swore to uphold the law and end up being an addict that puts innocent people in jail?
Well, former deputy sheriff Steven O’ Leary just found that out.
This is a classic case of addiction knowing no boundaries. Addiction doesn’t favor any race. Addiction doesn’t favor any social or economic groups and addiction surely doesn’t favor any professions. This could not be more true in Martin County, Florida this week, as a former Martin County sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to 13 years in prison for crimes he committed while on duty to feed his addiction to adderall, cocaine, and “any and all uppers”, as the former deputy put it himself at his sentencing hearing. In early 2019, the deputy began pulling over people and keeping the drugs he found during the traffic stops for himself. It was later found that he would put fake drugs into evidence to keep his superiors from finding out what he was doing.
But, as it always happens with addiction, his master plan began coming apart by late 2019 and early 2020. For unknown reasons, Steven O’Leary, began pulling innocent people over and planting drugs in their cars. This began a chain reaction of investigations that would uncover the fake drugs in evidence and send the former deputy to jail himself. After his arrest, those he arrested on drug charges were released and all charges were dropped. But for some completely innocent people it was too little too late as their lives have been negatively affected for life. But justice is served this week as a Martin County judge sentenced to him to 13 years in prison. The former deputy admitted that his addiction began with a prescription to adderall for ADHD. Like many others before him, adderall soon wasn’t enough for him, and he soon turned to cocaine and meth.
So you have to wonder how many other deputies and professionals are walking down the same road.
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