The state attorney’s office recently elected not to file charges of indecent exposure against Midway Fire Chief Stephen Demeter.
Okaloosa County deputies arrested Demeter in connection with a June 21 incident in which a massage therapist at a day spa in Destin claimed he masturbated in front of her. The charge was a first degree misdemeanor.
Demeter told deputies that the masseuse had mistaken his attempt to scratch an itch for a sexual act.
“They felt they had probable cause,” said Bill Bishop, supervisor of the state attorney’s office in Okaloosa County. “But after we investigated, we have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt and there’s just insufficient evidence.”
Demeter issued a statement to the press, expressing his satisfaction with the state’s decision.
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