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Updated: 06/23/2014 04:25:32PM

North Port ex-cop

escapes sex charges

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Melanie Turner

By DREW WINCHESTER

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SARASOTA COUNTY — The State Attorney’s Office dropped charges against embattled former North Port police officer Melanie Turner on Monday, citing a lack of clear evidence that she sexually battered a 38-year-old woman at a party on March 2.

The 11-page memo, written by Assistant State Attorney Andrea McHugh, details an ongoing prior relationship between Turner and the woman, including “intimate discussions regarding their sex lives” and that the woman “engaged in group sexual activities” that included her ex-husband.

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