Farling Rivera, a secretary in the Probation Unit of Orange County Corrections has been married to William Rivera, Manager of Human Resources for Orange County Corrections, for 7 years. They work in the same building and are currently in the throes of a divorce.
In March, Judge Bronson denied William’s request to return to the home in order to retrieve additional personal belongings.
A permanent injunction was granted to Farling on June 1, 2010 for six months.
On June 2, 2010, OCSO Deputy Luna served the final injunction on William and told him that he was not to return to their mutual place of employment. Rivera defied the court order the following day by coming to the work address (which was prohibited by the court order) and remaining there, with Management’s knowledge, for approximately 6 hours. When he learned that a deputy was on the way to arrest him for violating the injunction that afternoon, he was aided and abetted by Corrections Management to elude them. He was escorted to a golf cart that quickly took him to his vehicle so that he might evade arrest.
William has returned to the home, which is expressly prohibited by the injunction, on several occasions. He repeatedly told his wife that he was very powerful and that she could not stop him from doing what he wanted. Sadly, it appears as though the County is sending her the same message.
CourtWatch is shocked at the conduct of Corrections managers by their collusion with an employee in his effort to evade arrest. CourtWatch is also disappointed at how the Office of Professional Standards and the County Attorney’s Office have responded to our inquiries relating to the conduct of Corrections management in this matter. We are perplexed as to why the County Attorney, whose job it is to interpret the law and represent the County, has to ask Corrections what they can release to us in response to our public records requests under Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes. Finally, CourtWatch is extremely concerned that there appears to exist either (1) a gross lack of documentation or (2) an effort to withhold information from our organization by the Sheriff’s Department as it relates to the times they were called to the Rivera residence.
Mr. Rivera is clearly well connected with law enforcement in our community. The apparent abuse of power by him and others on his behalf should not be condoned. It would indeed appear as though Mr. Rivera’s position has given him preferential treatment by several County agencies.
A comprehensive timeline of events, and supporting exhibits is available at the links below:
- Timeline of events
- Exhibit A: February 1, 2010 police report
- Exhibit B: June 3, 2010 police report
- Exhibit G: Memo 6/8 from Sr. Corrections Officer Smedley to Management detailing his concerns regarding their handling of the situation
- Exhibit I: Response 6/8 from Jill Hobbs, Acting Deputy Chief of Administration
- Exhibit H: CourtWatch correspondence 6/29 with Commissioner Brummer requesting investigation
- Exhibit C: CourtWatch correspondence 9/24 - 9/26 with County Attorney's Office
- Exhibit D: CourtWatch correspondence 9/29 with Office of Professional Standards
- Exhibit E: Sheriff's Department report 9/30 showing no calls for service all year to the Rivera home
- Exhibit F: CourtWatch correspondence 10/5 with County Attorney's Office
A motion to dismiss Mr. Rivera’s criminal case 2010-MM-010839-A-O (violation of injunction) was denied without prejudice on October 11, 2010. The prosecution is in its early stages and a trial date has not yet been set.
CourtWatch intends to not only follow the court cases until they are concluded, but also pursue accountability for the county officials whose collusion with a high ranking Corrections Department official has left his victim in fear for her safety.
Mr. Rivera's next court date is 11/24/10 for a Motion to Modify the injunction in the Domestic Relations case.