After Jeremy Dewitte’s violation of probation hearing court transcripts were made public. In those transcripts information was revealed about what Jeremy Dewitte had been doing while on his sex offender probation. One of those things was an attempt to create a junior varsity airsoft military simulation team for minors.
Social relationships are a large part of a young adult’s life. Between the ages of 20 to 35 years old intimacy is very important in this stage.
Partnership is usually at the forefront of a young person’s mind and lacking in that area can lead to social isolation and withdrawal. Having the ability to form long or even short-term intimate relationships is important at this time.
In the fall of 2004 Jeremy Dewitte was four months away from turning 25 years old. In need of a social outlet he went to a nightclub in Orlando, Florida on October 1, 2004. This was when he met a young lady who stated she was 18 years old. Jeremy and the young lady were intimate that night.
They saw each other again on November 1, 2004 according to court documents.
On January 10, 2005 a warrant was issued for Jeremy Dewitte for two charges of lewd or lascivious battery on a minor between the ages of 12 and 15.
Both charges were second-degree felonies in the state of Florida and were punishable by up to 15 years in prison for each charge. Jeremy was given a bond of $2500 and was ordered to have home supervision.
These two charges originated from the encounter Jeremy had with the young lady in the Orlando nightclub on October 1, 2004. She was not an 18 year old woman. She was a 15 year old girl and lied about her age.
It’s unclear if Jeremy learned the truth before or after they were intimate.
On January 18, 2005 attorney Michael Gibson was retained again by Jeremy Dewitte. Jeremy appeared in court with his attorney and he was told not to have unsupervised contact with anyone under 18 with the exception of his brother Dylan Vogt, who was a minor at the time. Jeremy was also not to have any contact with the victim.
On February 10, 2005, the State of Florida officially filed charges against Jeremy Dewitte. It should be noted February 10, 2005 was also Jeremy’s 25th birthday. On February 17, 2005 the State made the defense aware it was being prosecuted as a sex crime.
March 7, 2005 was the day Jeremy pled not guilty to all charges. But on July 19, 2005 Jeremy Dewitte entered a plea and was determined by the judge to be guilty on one count of lewd or lascivious battery on July 20, 2005. Count two was not pursued by the prosecutor and the plea of not guilty by Jeremy Dewitte on March 7, 2005 was withdrawn.
Instead of facing up to 15 years in prison he was sentenced to 1 year and 1 day in the Department of Corrections with time served for 31 days plus 5 years of sex offender probation. This was a stipulated downward departure, meaning a judge agreed to depart from the applicable sentence and gave the defendant a lesser sentence.
It should be noted the first judge in this case was Judge Renee Roche. She is also a judge for at least one of Jeremy Dewitte’s current 2019-2020 cases.
Jeremy was fingerprinted on July 20, 2005 and he was given special conditions for sex offender probation. For nearly three years there was very little activity in Jeremy Dewitte’s life. He had a few minor traffic tickets but there wasn’t anything else that would stand out.
On May 5, 2008 defense attorney Eric H. Dubois filed a motion to modify the conditions of Jeremy’s sex offender probation. At this time Jeremy only had two more years of his special probation but he hired Eric Dubois to decrease the severity of or eliminate the probation.
Probation is seen as a second chance, an alternative to imprisonment. The courts already agreed to a downward departure in the case and on May 21, 2008 the motion to modify was denied.
On June 24, 2008 Eric Dubois filed another motion to modify the conditions of Jeremy Dewitte’s sex offender probation. Finally on July 8, 2008 the court granted the motion to modify but not eliminate the conditions of his probation.
On March 7, 2009 an arrest affidavit for violation of probation was drawn up and on April 1, 2009 a warrant was issued for Jeremy Dewitte. On April 3, 2009 Jeremy had an in-jail arraignment and he was given no bond.
During a hearing on June 18, 2009 Jeremy Dewitte admitted he violated his sex offender probation. Jeremy was again given a downward departure and instead of facing 8 years and 3 months in prison he was to only serve 4 years with 109 days credited.
It should be noted the judge in the violation of probation hearing was Judge Julie O’Kane. She described Jeremy Dewitte as alert and intelligent. She is also one of the judges on at least one of Jeremy Dewitte’s current 2019-2020 cases.
During this hearing information about Jeremy Dewitte’s desire to build a youth team was revealed. Apparently he had attempted to start a junior varsity airsoft military simulation team while his sex offender probation was active and after he became a registered sex offender.
Jeremy Dewitte said he took full responsibility for what he had done and he made a point of only apologizing to an Officer Franks and an Officer Culerlay for lying to them.
He was then carted off to Graceville Correctional Facility in Jackson County, Florida, five hours away from Orlando, Florida.
Jeremy Charles Dewitte was born on February 10, 1980 in Port Ritchie, Florida. At the age of 18 he lived in Orlando, Florida. This is also where he was arrested for the very first time.
At 7:35 AM May 18, 1998, just three months after Jeremy’s 18th birthday, a blue 1990 Dodge Shadow pulled into a Mobil gas station at 1000 West Colonial Drive, one of Orlando’s busiest streets.
The cashier, Krissandra, noticed the blue Dodge with a large blue light in the dashboard. She also noticed the driver of the car was having difficulties pumping his gas. The driver was wearing jeans and boots and a gold badge on his belt. She believed he was a police officer and activated the pump for the driver. Fourteen dollars and 50 cents worth of gas was pumped into the Shadow.
The driver then walked into the Mobil gas station to pay for the gas. He handed Krissandra a prepaid Mobil “Go” card and the payment was declined. The driver said he had no other way to pay and told her he was in fact a police officer. Krissandra told the driver she couldn’t allow him to leave without paying and she was aware police officers had state gasoline cards. The driver said he was “called on the job” early that morning and he forgot his state gasoline card at home.
Krissandra’s intuition told her something wasn’t right and she felt she should call the police. Instead she chose to ignore her gut and called her supervisor K.J. Her supervisor told her to write down all of the driver’s information and then allow him to leave.
Before the driver left he spoke with K.J. on the phone and told K.J. to contact his supervisor at the police station but it would be a waste since he would only receive a slap on the wrist. Or K.J. could simply allow the driver to return the same day at a later time and pay for the $14.50 in gasoline. Instead of calling his bluff K.J. agreed to let the driver return later that day.
The driver gave Krissandra his name, home address, date of birth, driver’s license number, and home and work phone numbers. At the time there were no area codes and the number the driver provided, 424-2414, was very similar to the number for Orlando Police Department, 246-2414.
The driver was later identified as Jeremy Charles Dewitte.
Jeremy Dewitte never returned to the Mobil gas station to pay as promised and the store supervisor, K.J. agreed to press charges.
At the time Jeremy was a suspect in a similar case with another Mobil gas station involving gasoline theft. He was also a witness in a separate case where he claimed to be a security guard at The Palms Apartments in Orlando, Florida. Jeremy was 18 years old in 1998 and he was ineligible to be a police officer in the state of Florida because of his age.
On June 25, 1998 Officer Ross and Deputy Sheriff Rees of Orange County Sheriff’s Office went to Jeremy Dewitte’s home. There was a blue 1990 Dodge Shadow parked in the driveway. The Shadow had flashing lights in the windshield and rear window both strobe and rotating. The trunk had three large metal antennas and the vehicle tag was a Police Athletic League tag.
Police Athletic League, or PAL as it’s known in Florida, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing athletic opportunities after school and during the summer for children and teens.
Jeremy Dewitte was arrested and a man who was later identified as his stepfather yelled from inside the home, “Jeremy you’re a f*cking liar, you told me that Mobil was the last one!” His stepfather later emerged from the house and gave police officers Jeremy’s wallet which contained his driver’s license. It also contained a gold Oviedo Florida Police Explorer badge. It was seized and entered into evidence.
The blue Dodge Shadow was seized as well. Inside of the vehicle was a blue plastic box with an unloaded Smith & Wesson model 686 revolver, six .38 caliber rounds and two speed loaders. All of this was entered as evidence.
It is ironic that Jeremy Dewitte’s first encounter with law enforcement began with impersonating a police officer and what appears to be his last encounter is also a series of alleged police impersonations.
Most young men at the age of 18 are preparing for college or have started classes. Some young men join the military and others become entrepreneurs or work a few jobs so they can live on their own. It appeared Jeremy Dewitte had a goal of becoming a member of law enforcement. He was an Oviedo Police Explorer and earning community service hours for school credit. He would have learned about the principles of law enforcement, discipline, traffic control and traffic stops. It would have been a great starting point for him.
Unfortunately it seems Jeremy had other ideas about how he wanted to use the knowledge he’d gained being an Explorer.
Most people make mistakes, learn from them and never make the same mistake again because they truly feel sorrowful about what they have done. Some people make mistakes and never learn because they feel they have to make these mistakes to survive, such as theft or prostitution.
And others make mistakes and learn ways to fly under the radar when they repeat those actions. It’s no longer a mistake, it is a deliberate act and the person has figured out how to continue to do what they want without getting caught. The person can figure out the loopholes so well they can even get away with it for 10 years.
The story of the Jeremy Dewitte case stands out because it began with profanity-laced videos of a man on a motorcycle topping speeds at 100 miles per hour and shutting down major highways in Central Florida.
Although he appeared to be wearing a police uniform Jeremy Dewitte wasn’t a police officer or even a security guard. No one knew who he was or his history.
These videos were released through public records requests in the state of Florida. Florida has some of the most transparent public record laws when it comes to what can and cannot be released for all to see.
In the videos it appears Jeremy Dewitte, who owns a business directing funeral processions called Metro-State Special Services, decided to take the law into his own hands while on the road and blew the minds of law enforcement and the public. Almost overnight he became somewhat of a media sensation.
The videos were filmed on Jeremy Dewitte’s own body camera and later given to law enforcement through a search warrant. We would later learn Jeremy recorded himself on numerous occasions, and the employees of Metro-State also wore body cameras when they were working.
Before most of the footage was released and uploaded on YouTube and various internet platforms, Jeremy Dewitte claimed to local broadcast news stations it was all a mistake and he wasn’t impersonating police officers as the charges stated. He wasn’t even in some of the footage according to him.
He’d been arrested on September 7, 2019 by Windermere Police Department for falsely impersonating an officer, unlawful use of a two-way communication device and resisting an officer without violence.
The arrest video was later released and seen by millions on YouTube on a channel called Real World Police. Jeremy told reporters and anyone who would listen he had been running his business “for 10 years with no problems.”
He claimed to have a history with one of the sergeants on the scene in Windermere and he was demanding an apology and suspension. Jeremy Dewitte would go on to file a complaint against the officer.
Windermere is a small town just outside of Orlando, Florida. While most cities have good and bad areas Windermere is mostly good and filled with $500,000 to multi-million dollar homes. Very little crime occurs there and things that may slip by larger cities like Orlando would immediately grab the attention of a sleepier and more affluent city.
Windermere Police Detective John Allen of Casey Anthony fame investigated the complaint and asked Jeremy Dewitte and his attorney Amir Ladan to come in for an interview on Friday September 13, 2019.
During this interview Jeremy Dewitte claimed he had not been in any legal troubles in 10 years. He was making a complaint but his credibility also had to come into play. Was Jeremy someone who complained a lot over minor issues? Was he someone who had trouble telling the truth? Was he a felon or a violent offender?
In order to understand all of Jeremy Dewitte’s legal troubles and how he was given the label of an infamous police impersonator, we should start with the first chapter in his criminal career.