January 25, 2021 7:07 AM EST
In Part 1 of The Emails we discussed several emails exchanged between deputy sheriffs from Orange County and the surrounding counties. The emails were shared with this site via a third party. Any notes or highlights were not made by this site.
Although Sergeant Keith Vidler was a motor officer for Orange County Sheriff’s Office, he was at one time given permission to lead the investigation over the Jeremy Dewitte case. He and his motor partner Corporal John Ramsey were ordered to stop their investigation in December 2019.
Before his orders to stand down, Sergeant Vidler exchanged hundreds of emails with other members of law enforcement, including Detective John Allen from Windermere Police Department. Windermere Police Department was the first agency to arrest Jeremy Dewitte for allegedly impersonating a police officer in September 2019.
On September 11, 2019 Detective John Allen shared a link to a Chicago, Illinois news article featuring Jeremy Dewitte. During the infamous Chicago incident Jeremy Dewitte was accused of throwing chairs at a tow truck driver. Dewitte was arrested but later released and all charges against him were dismissed in 2020.
Detective John Allen sent the Chicago emails approximately six months before video footage was released online.
Detective Allen also tried to help Sergeant Keith Vidler find probable cause for a search warrant. Sergeant Vidler was unable to articulate why he needed certain video files from Jeremy Dewitte’s cameras.
Sergeant Keith Vidler also contacted Orange County Sheriff’s Office employees James Montgomery and Junella Uadan for assistance with his search warrants.
The following day the search warrant was rejected by Judge Michael Murphy.
An employee history for Sergeant Keith Vidler was located in one portion of the documents we received. Sergeant Vidler received multiple complaints during his career as a law enforcement officer with Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Complainants claimed Vidler was rude, abrasive and vulgar and he lacked the courtesy that was required from a public servant.
On more than one occasion the deputy sheriff was accused of mishandling investigations as well as falsifying documents.
In 2009 a citizen claimed Sergeant Keith Vidler harassed him about a personal business arrangement between the two.
In 2005 a complaint was sustained after Sergeant Vidler wrecked a vehicle on-duty.
One of the first complainants stated Sergeant Keith Vidler used racial slurs towards him and allowed his canine to bite the individual. The law enforcement officer was also accused of using excessive force nearly 30 times.
In Part 3 of the emails we will discuss the agencies Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Sergeant Keith Vidler contacted as well as the interesting response from one federal agency.