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1 North Port Police officer dead, another arrested after sex assault investigation

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Melanie Turner (Courtesy Facebook) Melanie Turner (Courtesy Facebook)
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A North Port Police officer was arrested, and another committed suicide, after they were charged with sexual battery.

According to arrest documents, on the night of March 2nd, North Port Police officer Melanie Turner, 33, was off duty and attending a birthday party at a friend's house.

Turner then invited Officer Ricky Urbina, 44, to come. Urbina was on duty at the time.

While inside, the document says Urbina handcuffed the female host, and then Turner followed them to a bedroom.

An investigator wrote, '[the victim] felt that the actions of Turner and Urbina were merely party fun and felt that she would be released. However, she was not released.'

The documents state that while handcuffed, Urbina assaulted her while Turner kissed her.

The victim, visibly shaken, told some fellow off-duty officers at the party. Police were later called, and Urbina’s handcuffs and weapons were taken as evidence.

In the documents, an investigator wrote ‘Urbina stated he would be fired over this incident, he would not fight the allegations and that the allegations would cost him his marriage.’

Turner told investigators ‘she and [Urbina] had taken that female into a bedroom where they had just talked and laughed but nothing further occurred.’

The victim completed a sexual assault kit and was given information about a rape crisis center.

On Thursday, the two were charged for sexual battery and false imprisonment. Turner was arrested without incident, but Urbina committed suicide.

"I guess I was probably the last person to see him,” said Urbina’s neighbor, Dan Trombly.

Trombly saw him late Thursday afternoon. He said Urbina was a kind neighbor, and the two frequently spoke, but on Thursday, he said Urbina was standing behind his property and appeared depressed.

"I was expecting him to turn maybe and just wave to me, which would be the normal thing to do,” Trombly said. “He never looked. He just kept looking [down.] So I could tell he was distraught or in deep thought."

Twenty minutes later, the police cars showed up. Urbina was dead.

“He's always been pleasant to talk to,” recalls Trombly. "I would never have believed it if I had not been here at the time it happened, you know?"

Friday in court, Turner was issued $200,000 bond. Turner's attorney, Eric Reisinger says she had a prior relationship with the victim, and everything that happened that night was consensual.

Reisinger said Turner has been in law enforcement for ten years, both in North Port and as a Military police officer for the US Army, and has two children.

Reisinger also represented Urbina, and said he left behind a wife and family as well.

“I know he just had a newborn granddaughter that he was excited to have because it was a girl. The first girl in his family,” he said.

Reisinger said Urbina took a polygraph test shortly after the incident and the polygraph proved the incident was consensual.

The North Port Police Department is conducting an internal investigation.

Reisinger said Turner posted bond earlier Friday afternoon. She is currently on unpaid administrative leave.

North Port Police Chief Kevin Vespia said he does not tolerate this type of misconduct, and he will work tirelessly to regain the public trust.

Turner’s next court date is April 25th.

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