Fernandina Beach Police Department
Jeff Tambasco, Deputy Chief
Press Release
July 7, 2022

John Finley

 

On May 30, 2022, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a person claiming that they had been the victim of a “date rape” the evening prior. The NCSO investigated the allegations which led to the June 3rd arrest of Fernandina Beach Police Officer John Finley. The investigation found probable cause to charge Officer Finley with sexual battery and battery stemming from the incident that occurred while he was off duty.

The FBPD has full confidence that the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office conducted a thorough and complete investigation and based on the details that led to the arrest, the City of Fernandina Beach is terminating Officer Finley’s employment. Officer Finley was most recently employed by the FBPD on March 20, 2022, after having served with the Baker County Sheriff’s Office and previously with the Fernandina Beach Police Department.

Deputy Chief Jeffrey Tambasco is the point of contact and may be reached at (904)310-3201 or via email at jtambasco@fbfl.org

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