January 15, 2021 8:38 AM EST
Hundreds of emails to and from Sergeant Keith Vidler of Orange County Sheriff’s Office were shared with this site recently. The emails specifically mentioned Jeremy Dewitte and anyone affiliated with him or Metro-State Special Services.
One of the first emails we shared was a letter from Sergeant Keith Vidler to his supervisor Captain Sandy Carpenter in December 2019. According to a source Sergeant Vidler and several employees from the Motors division of Orange County Sheriff’s Office were given orders to stand down and end their investigation into Jeremy Dewitte and Metro-State Special Services.
Before the order was given Sergeant Keith Vidler and numerous members of law enforcement in Florida and around the country appeared to be fixated with Metro-State Special Services and Jeremy Dewitte in particular. The emails were shared with us and we are releasing them in their rawest form. Any highlighting and notes were not made from this site.
On May 20, 2019 Sergeant Keith Vidler sent an email to one of the attorneys for Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Austin Moore. Sergeant Vidler believed the use of pepper ball guns was illegal. Moore contacted the supervisor of misdemeanors who corrected him and said the use of pepper ball guns was never illegal.
Sergeant Keith Vidler sent an email to Assistant State Attorney Steven Casey Miller on October 21, 2019. In the email Sergeant Vidler stated the use of badges was also unlawful.
Steven Casey Miller clearly stated the use of badges wasn’t illegal but in his opinion the combination of the uniforms and the vehicles gave the appearance of an impersonation of a police officer.
Sergeant Vidler reached out to Austin Moore again on October 28, 2019. Vidler questioned why he couldn’t press charges against Jeremy Dewitte who he believed forced his employees to impersonate, specifically security officers, not police officers. Austin Moore stated Jeremy Dewitte couldn’t force his employees, who were adults, to impersonate security guards and the employees could have quit or said no and didn’t at any time.
This contradicted the statements made by Sergeant Keith Vidler and former Metro-State employees.
Austin Moore also rejected a warrant written by Sergeant Keith Vidler on October 30, 2019. Moore didn’t believe Sergeant Keith Vidler and John Ramsey needed any of the files located on Jeremy Dewitte’s office computer. Sergeant Vidler claimed Jeremy Dewitte made a confession about the evidence in his office. The confession has yet to surface but if it does we will update this post.
Sergeant Vidler sent an email to Detective John Allen from Windermere Police Department. Windermere Police Department was the first agency to arrest Jeremy Dewitte in 2019 for allegedly impersonating a police officer.
In the email Sergeant Keith Vidler asked Detective John Allen for advice on how to properly word a subpoena request. Detective Allen attached samples of subpoena requests he’d used in the past. Detective Allen wasn’t the last person Sergeant Vidler asked for assistance for rejected requests. We will discuss those emails at a later date.
During this time Corporal John Ramsey and in particular Sergeant Keith Vidler corresponded with other police officers and agencies about Jeremy Dewitte and Metro-State Special Services. In one email Corporal John Tart from Orange County Sheriff’s Office contacted law enforcement in Lake County, Volusia County, Brevard County, Polk County and Osceola County.
On October 8, 2019 Corporal Tart spoke on behalf of Sergeant Keith Vidler and asked the other agencies if they were aware of Metro-State Special Services and if they too were interested in “getting on the same sheet of music and equally hammering these guys.”
Detective Jorge Covas appeared to enjoy the same sheet music because he emailed Corporal John Ramsey on November 5, 2019 to inquire about upcoming funeral processions for Metro-State Special Services. Detective Covas stated his admin wanted warrants “pretty bad” for Metro-State Special Services in Osceola County.
Prior to the email exchange between Orange and Osceola Counties, Sergeant Jeff Wingard from Volusia County Sheriff’s Office asked Sergeant Keith Vidler to make a PowerPoint presentation about Jeremy Dewitte and Metro-State Special Services on October 30, 2019 in Deland, Florida.
In a redacted email from September 2019 there were claims that Sergeant Keith Vidler was contacting multiple federal agencies about Jeremy Dewitte and Metro-State Special Services.
One of the agencies Sergeant Vidler emailed was the Division of Worker’s Compensation. In a series of emails which will be uploaded in the next few posts, Sergeant Keith Vidler and compliance investigator Linda Offutt discussed Jeremy Dewitte’s finances as well as what they believed to be the inner workings of Metro-State Special Services.
Soon we will discuss the other agencies Sergeant Keith Vidler contacted repeatedly to report Jeremy Dewitte which include the FBI, IRS and TSA.