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Former correctional officer living in Immokalee charged with sexually abusing children


Jake Allen   | Naples Daily News

A former correctional officer in Southwest Florida accused of sexually abusing two children was arrested Monday, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.  

Anthony Whitaker, 52, of Immokalee, was extradited Wednesday to Lee County, where the sexual abuse charges were filed. He was in custody at the Lee County Jail on Thursday afternoon.  

Whitaker worked at the Hendry Correctional Institution near Immokalee, according to the Collier County Sheriff's Office.

He was charged with two counts of sexual battery of a child younger than 12, according to his arrest reports.  

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The victims are now 14. An investigation began after someone reported the abuse to the Department of Children and Families in December, according to Whitaker’s arrest warrant affidavit.  

Most of the information in the affidavit has been redacted by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.  

The release of Whitaker’s mugshot is prohibited under Florida statue because he is a former law enforcement officer.  

The Hendry Correctional Institution permanently closed in 2011 as part of a state prison consolidation plan.