VIDEO: Former Brevard Assistant State Attorney John Toppa Arrested Again, Now Faces Bribery Charges
By Space Coast Daily // January 25, 2018
charges are in connection with an undercover drug bust in March 2017
ABOVE VIDEO: John Toppa, a former Brevard/Seminole assistant state attorney, who was arrested in March 2017 on drug charges, has been arrested again and now faces bribery charges. (WFTV video)
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – John Toppa, a former Brevard/Seminole assistant state attorney, who was arrested in March 2017 on drug charges, has been arrested again and now faces bribery charges.
The charges are in connection with an undercover drug bust in March 2017 by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
State Attorney Phil Archer released the following statement:
In March of 2017, subsequent to the arrest and termination of John Toppa, our office called for an independent investigation into his conduct while employed as an assistant state attorney.
We also requested Governor Rick Scott assign another State Attorney to the prosecution of Toppa for any identified criminal offenses.
We appreciate the extensive effort made by the FDLE in completing their investigation leading up to yesterday’s arrest of Mr. Toppa for Bribery and Unlawful Compensation. We are both saddened and disappointed by these developments, but understand the importance of accountability by all public officials.
Public servants are sworn to uphold the rule of law and have a responsibility to perform their duties with honesty and integrity.
By taking the oath of office, assistant state attorneys are trusted to faithfully represent the values of this office. When that trust is violated there must be an immediate and transparent effort to fully identify the wrongdoing, hold those responsible to account, and restore the trust and confidence of the public.
Toppa was arrested Wednesday and released on bail from the Brevard County Jail.
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