School resource officer suspended during
Child Abuse investigation
OKALOOSA COUNTY, FL – A former Okaloosa County school resource officer was suspended for “allegations of unsatisfactory performance and not obeying the rules”, according to a report released by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO).
It all came to light, the OCSO reports, when the sheriff’s office began investigating allegations of child abuse at Kenwood Elementary School in May.
OCSO launched an internal investigation when child protection investigators with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) revealed the resource officer did not help or cooperate with multiple ongoing child abuse investigations at the elementary school.
Officials say Officer Dwayne Vasiloff wrote seven initial child abuse reports between August 2016 and June of 2017. However, during that same time, DCF investigators made 46 investigative visits to the school.
The internal investigation deemed Vasiloff neglected his duty and was “content” with DCF handle the investigations and the resulting workload.
While Vasiloff denied any wrongdoing, he was suspended without pay, reassigned and put on probation. The sheriff’s office said Vasiloff retired in July before finishing his probation.
The State Attorney’s Office said the investigation has “no bearing on the ongoing criminal investigation in the Marlynn Stillions case”, according to OCSO. Channel 3 News reached out to Assistant State Attorney Greg Marcille, who said Vasiloff is “not a suspect at this time. The investigation is ongoing and if additional facts come forward it is possible that status could change.”
The special needs teacher faces four counts of child abuse related to allegations she abused a boy with Autism.