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New Court Records Show Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony Failed To Disclose 1992 and 1994 Legal Incidents As Juvenile Resulting In Adult Probation

Records showing Gregory Tony placed under adult probation in 1992
Records showing Gregory Tony placed under adult probation in 1994

Records obtained by REDBROWARD appear to show Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony never disclosed being placed on adult probation for acts committed when he was a juvenile. In May, published reports revealed Sheriff Tony failed to disclose his 1993 arrest for shooting and killing a neighborhood friend. The disclosure finally forced Tony to admit the arrest he kept hidden from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and numerous law enforcement agencies. Tony said he was a fourteen year old living in Philadelphia acting in “clear self-defense.”

“When I was 14 years old, growing up in a neighborhood in Philadelphia filled with violence and gang activity, I shot an armed man in self-defense. The juvenile authorities reviewed my actions and cleared my name,” Tony wrote in an email to The Florida Bulldog. “This was the most difficult and painful experience of my life and I have never spoken of it publicly.”

According to The Florida Bulldog, in January 2020, Sheriff Gregory Tony filed a signed an affidavit with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) where he states he never had a criminal case sealed or expunged.

Florida law requires all “employed or appointed” law enforcement officers to complete a sworn affidavit provided by FDLE’s Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission attesting to his or her compliance with various state employment requirements. The commission’s mission: “to ensure that all citizens of Florida are served by criminal justice officers who are ethical, qualified, and well-trained.” Among other things the affidavit asked Sheriff Tony to answer true or false to this statement: “I had a criminal record sealed or expunged.” Tony checked false.

Now, records obtained by REDBROWARD show Sheriff Gregory Tony got into legal trouble before and after the 1993 shooting of Hector “Chino” Rodriguez.

PROBATION DEPT. V. GREGORY TONY

While Pennsylvania does not allow public access to criminal records, evidence of Gregory Tony being placed under adult probation were found in Philadelphia civil court records. On December 9, 1992, the Probation Department filed a case against defendant Gregory S. Tony, Philadelphia Court records show. While details of the underlying charge(s)are not available to the public, it appears a teenaged Gregory Tony was tried in adult court and placed on adult probation. A judgment was entered on January 6, 1993.

Sheriff Tony shot and killed Hector “Chino” Rodriguez on May 3, 1993.

Records from August 9, 1994 indicate a third legal incident involving Gregory Tony, this time a traffic-related matter. Even though it was traffic-related, Tony once again received adult probation. Court records state the terms of probation for the 1994 case were not satisfied until June 14, 2001. Law enforcement sources tell REDBROWARD adult probation indicates the charge(s) were not the run-of-the-mill traffic violations.

In fact, one law enforcement source said the charges must have been so severe that Gregory Tony was unable to get a Florida Driver’s License until age 23. “This matter would raise alarms with anyone,” the source said.

A November 2005 FDLE Employment Background Investigation report was conducted when Gregory S. Tony applied to join the Coral Springs Police Department. A copy of the report lists several negative “investigative findings.” The investigator lists a 2005 charge for a bounced check, a 1990 incident involving the spray painting of a wall and driving with a suspended license in 1995-1996.

NO MORE SURPRISES?

After news of the 1993 murder of Hector “Chino” Rodriguez, broke, Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony told The Sun-Sentinel, “There’s nothing else that’s going to come to light.”

The Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board wrote:

For jobs in law enforcement and those that deal with children, applicants must disclose if they’ve ever been arrested or charged, even if it happened when they were a juvenile and the record was sealed. The reason is simple: society expects the record and character of applicants for such jobs to be thoroughly vetted.

REDBROWARD reached out to Sheriff Gregory Tony and his campaign for an explanation of the incidents which resulted in probation. After being provided with copies of the court documents, Tony’s Attorney Michael Moskowitz told REDBROWARD these were simply a traffic related and case and a civil matter. He did not provide any further details into the issues which resulted in adult probation for Gregory Tony.

Last month, Sheriff Tony won the Democratic Primary. Tony will face Republican Wayne Clark on the November ballot.

Sources tell REDBROWARD there are active investigations by Federal, State and Local law enforcement agencies into matters surrounding Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony.

Ignorance is “Bliss?” Operatives Ready To Expose Questionable Lifestyle Choices Of Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony

Political operatives are poised to expose racy photographs of a Speedo-clad Sheriff Gregory Tony at local swinger events. A Republican operative shared some of the photographs of the embattled Sheriff Tony at events hosted by “The Bliss Club.” According to its website, The Bliss Club is the “[number one] private party organization in the world for young, fit, attractive bi-sexy women and select couples.” The Club claims to host “scandalous and outrageous underground erotic theme events, club invasions, pool parties and group vacations.”

On its signup page, The Bliss Club states, “We are one of, if not the only truly screened lifestyle events in the world that bases membership acceptance on physical attractiveness.”

REDBROWARD obtained photographs of Sheriff Tony attending “Liquid Bliss” pool parties in 2015 and 2016. At each event, Tony wears nothing but a tiny bathing suit and sunglasses.

While the photographs are five years old, the Republican operative worried that Tony still engaged in the lifestyle promoted by groups such as The Bliss Club. The operative stated Tony has become a huge embarrassment for Governor Ron DeSantis who appointed him last year.

Today, Sheriff Tony admitted to keeping details of the 1993 shooting of Hector “Chino” Rodriguez from Governor DeSantis. The Florida Bulldog first reported a 14 year old Tony was charged with the murder of Rodriguez in Philadelphia.

Speaking with The Sun-Sentinel on Sunday, Sheriff Tony said he didn’t remember the details of the shooting.
“We’re going back 27 years ago,” he said, emphasizing that authorities ultimately cleared him.

The Sun-Sentinel details Tony’s failure to disclose the shooting:

Helen Ferre, the governor’s communications director, said DeSantis was told Saturday by his chief of staff, Shane Strum. She said she didn’t know if Tony reached out to the governor’s office or if Strum learned about it from news reports.
Until then, Ferre said via text, “the governor was not aware of this 1993 incident when Sheriff Gregory Tony was a 14-year-old living in Philadelphia with his family.”
Tony said he didn’t think disclosure would have impacted the governor’s decision. “You’re saying that I should have disclosed a horrific incident that I faced as a 14-year-old kid, where I had to survive a shooting,” he said. “… Why would I put myself in a position where I’m talking about a brutal attack that I survived, for the sake of an interview? I don’t think anyone would have done that.”
He said he spoke with DeSantis this weekend, and the governor “wanted to see me continue to push on and not be distracted with the politics down here and keep doing what’s right for Broward County.”

The Republican operative believes the Governor should not face further embarrassment due to the behavior of Sheriff Tony.

“Tony was a cop for nearly a decade,” the operative said. “Governor DeSantis was right to assume a certified police officer like Greg Tony had been fully vetted by his department.”

With the August Democrat Party primary looming, Sheriff Tony needs to address all of these issues forthrightly. While consenting adults can conduct themselves however they choose in private, Tony’s position as Broward’s top cop leaves him open to these lines of inquiry.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony
Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony
Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony