There has been speculation that Eric has been a part of Scott’s circle of cadres, but both of them claimed to have nothing to do with the other. I have suspected it was a smoke screen but without proof, it was just a theory.
Well now there is definitive proof. I requested a Master Name Index Lookup on Scott in Escambia County. This is what I found:
So what this shows is that Eric Adam Haines was actively looking at his brother’s info in real time during the 10/28/20 stalking of Marivel Meister. He had no legitimate reason for using his resources. This shows a violation of policy and possibly, a violation of law, to check up on his brother. That establishes a connection to include Eric in this conspiracy.
What is intriguing to me is that Matt was falsely arrested in Dec. 2015 for exploitation of the elderly. During this same approximate time in Escambia, that same allegation was being leveraged by Eric on Philip Nix. Ultimately resulting in Phil being terminated. The irony of this is when Matt first contacted me about his grandmother and Scott, I immediately conferenced in Phil Nix to listen to Matt’s story. Phil ended up getting Marie Mattox to represent Matt. Now this all happened after this dual accusation, but it seems to be a pattern of behavior, similarity in thinking. Although in Phil’s case, APS was never contacted by the ECSO, which should have been done. Matt had APS investigating already in his case and had a determination of no wrong doing. But it was only a half-hearted attempt on Eric’s part as he didn’t follow his own accusation. It would have been fruitless but the effort should have been made to seriously think anyone would believe his concern. Also, FDLE found no cause for termination in Phil’s case, just as APS and, in time, the Santa Rosa court system in Matt’s case. Just an observation.
Next installment will address the “Facilitators”, beginning with Sheriff Bob Johnson
Most people know Scott Haines was arrested by federal marshals. He was eventually turned over to FDLE. Other than the following press release, I haven’t gotten a straight answer on so many things regarding this arrest and Scott’s subsequent release. Here is the Justice Dept’s press release:
Strangely, he was released later that night from jail yet arraigned the next morning in federal custody. Curiously there is no court record anywhere of anything other than this.
Some Back Story:
In 2017, Matt Groelinger called me because no one was even willing to listen to him and what was going on. Scott Haines had him falsely arrested in order to have a reason to make an irrevocable trust, revocable. The charges were bogus and dropped but not before Scott Haines SRSO officer convinced Matt’s elderly grandma that Matt was trying to take her family’s legacy. He was made the trustee over a huge trust because of his grandma’s decline. When Matt was arrested, after hours, SRSO filed criminal charges and a civil case within mere minutes of one another after hours.
Over the years, Scott “assumed” Matt’s position in grandma’s life. She even tells people Scott is her grandson. There are pictures in her home of her at his family events. Most people at the trailer park where Scott collected rent for grandma. When APS investigated this case, they truly believed Scott was her grandson. This farce has been going on since 2015. Scott got 2 parcels of grandma’s land worth a considerable amount of money for $10 each. These parcels are on the back side of her property and are at Whiting Field’s back gate and now across the street from the new Santa Rosa industrial complex.
A situation Santa Rosa County Commissioner has tried to purchase these lots for years. In a move very much like the Escambia Soccer Complex Scandal. This commissioner saw the value of this land and the potential value of the land to the county. Sound familiar??
Getting back to the story, grandma has been very generous to Scott “and his whole family” according to people close to him. This opens up the potential involvement of Eric Haines. They were seen on a cruise 4 years ago. Despite each of them telling people they dislike each other, they have been close for years.
Scott’s arrest is absolutely a good thing. No question. It is just a measure of justice. Nothing can be restored for the family. Grandma believes her children and grandchildren are trying to put her away. That is thanks to Scott. He’s isolated her from her family. She isn’t being cared for. She can’t take care of her personal needs without help. Scott didn’t help and the family were estranged due to him. For a supposed Christian man, Scott has done the most deplorable thing he could do in his actions. That brings me to all the people that facilitated him. How many people covered his crimes up? Chris Watson? Without question this guy claims Scott did nothing wrong. What about Bob Johnson? Indisputably, the buck stops with him. He allowed these cover ups. He lied to the press by saying there was nothing to see here. So many others perjured themselves, for what? Their careers are now going down the toliet.
Matt, the grandson, came to me because he had nowhere else to go. I brought in Philip Nix whom I work with on everything. Phil got him to Marie Mattox who has made all this possible. The FBI saw the criminality in this case. They are still pursuing people that aided Scott. That makes me smile because Eric will be a target of their investigation. That string may unravel all the corruption in both Santa Rosa & Escambia.
But this is all due to the diligence of small amount of people who were not afraid to speak out. We are family. While the 25th of January is a huge milestone for all the efforts, it comes with some melancholy. Phil’s dad passed the night Scott was arrested. This is personally devastating to all of us. Ultimately, grandma loses. She is completely isolated. Scott was ordered not to go back to the trailer he lives in and is to have no contact with grandma.
All of this is a lot to take in for a person who has tried numerous times to get FDLE and the FBI to look into the corruption in this case, I feel we are finally heard and validated. There is a continuing victimization of people who aren’t heard. This is why I do what I do.
“Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.”- John Stuart Mill
In this post, I’m going to minimize my commentary. I want to put SRSO & Scott Haines’s lies on display.
Also, some of the excerpts in here are part of writ of mandamus filed by Marie Mattox’s firm on behalf of Matt Groelinger. This writ was filed in response to the games the public records folks played when records about Scott were requested. I have experienced mild games, such as constantly having my password rejected and having to request a reset. Literally the first handful of times I logged into the public records part of the SRSO site, I was told my password is incorrect. Then requested a reset delayed me getting into the website for hours. That eventually stopped. Cindy Myers, one of the attorneys representing Groelinger and his family, had the exact same password issues. However, they also, played games by closing requests prematurely, denying counsel access to records that they had a legitimate right to have. Another thing was redaction of information as to protect Scott.
The frustration in dealing with these petty games led the Mattox firm to file the writ outlining the fuckery of the SRSO, which violated FL Statute 119 (public records disclosure). Sadly, for the SRSO, these public records shenanigans are not unique; I personally dealt with these same antics with the ECSO. I educated myself on the Sunshine & public records laws. I have fought these sorts of fights already. Working in conjunction with Groelinger & his attorneys, I was able to point out issues that this was just an attempt to hinder transparency. People only hide things that need to be hidden. No one ever, innocently, covered up the truth with lies. It is that simple.
Now onto the facts of this case:
This really begins with the arrest of Matt Groelinger in December 7th, 2015:
On April 28. 2016, Scott Haines was deposed by Michael Griffith, Groelinger’s criminal attorney. When asked about the alleged theft and his role in the investigation, here is what Haines had to say:
Here is an unredacted view of the TAR requests done in reference to this case:
The following is a chart showing the significant time frames that Scott ran Groelinger through NCIC/FCIC:
So, this is what Scott staying “above reproach” looks like? Various SRSO admin seem to be following this “professionalism” example., as they lie, minimize and seemingly remain blind to issues dealing with Haines.
Previously I posted the redacted IA from 2021, well now I have the UNREDACTED IA.
Here are some highlights:
Here is the IA for which termination was the judgment of his violations:
It is incomprehensible to me that this document, signed & dated on 8/24/2021, calls for termination. Yet on 8/31/2021, I know there are some officer’s rights issue following this decision but that should not be completely set aside allowing him to retire in lieu of termination. The havoc and detriment this one officer created over the years ought to factor into this decision. Not only that but the pressure of the FBI forcing Watson & Johnson to both do something about this situation, forcing their hands, compound to make a much bigger “fuck off” to the FBI.
I also believe that since Watson evidently stands behind his assessment that the use of NCIC/FCIC was used in the course of legitimate investigations, he should be investigated himself. The FBI knows this was not the case and there is no genuine agency related business going on. So why would Johnson reassign the case from Holcomb back to Watson who obviously did not properly conduct the 2015 complaint professionally or unbiasedly? Watson’s investigation is literally being called out as BS by the FBI. Why is he not under investigation now?
What really shocks me is the number of people being dragged into Scott’s exploitation of Dorothy Rogers. We have Watson, Johnson, Kilburn, Utsey, Tucker & Neff. How many other people are going to be involved in this cover up (which amounts to racketeering in furtherance of Scott’s crimes)?
I think the documents speak for themselves. It is for you to decide.
In 2013, I started blogging because I felt I had a civic duty to start a conversation about the stories & issues not being discussed in the media. No one was acknowledging the shameless abuses of power. Today, I still have that same fire and passion. I absolutely believe that people have an aversion to those who violate public integrity. Nevertheless, with the 24 hour news bombardment, we have been anesthetized to things that don’t affect us directly. We want to believe that people who are arrested are justifiably guilty or else they wouldn’t have been arrested. How could we live without certain axioms or presumptions about society? The trust in officials is ingrained into the consciousness, as it should be. In researching and investigating Escambia County justice, my understanding of crime and criminals changed. The good guys aren’t always the “good guys”; the bad guys don’t always get punished. While I knew sociopaths gravitate to positions of power to get the juice they need to indulge their every whim, I never conceptualized the extent of truth about that. Ultimately, respect is lost for the law and justice system, starting with the officers themselves in these cases. I was told once, “there is no justice to be had in Florida.” Indeed, the administration staff in the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, as is the admin staff of Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, shows no semblance of integrity or duty of care to the public.
In this blog, I will be posting THE Internal Affairs Report that sent Scott Haines out of the agency, but I would like to first put a podcast clip up that seems more propaganda than fact, based on the documentation.
On September 6, 2021, Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson spoke on NewsRadio923. I clipped this portion of interest.
Here is a transcript of that clip:
So what Bob is insinuating is recently committed violations of policy or law, committed by Scott which required discipline. But is that true? NO! The 9 Supervisory Inquiries that repetitively involved sexual misconduct or harassment, surfing porn, etc. Let’s not forget the 2020 shitshow in Escambia County, where Scott feigned suicidal ideations to get access to a co-worker. There is dispatcher to dispatcher reporting of this to Sheriff Johnson. Yet not only is it never cited within his disciplinary history, never psychologically evaluated. This is Baker Act material—no question. Yet it was swept under the rug and never gets even an “honorable mention” in his moral integrity evaluation. C’mon Bob. This guy did more than any one officer should be
It is clear Bob Johnson has been aware of Scotts hijinks for years. He oversaw many disciplinary concerns prior to being elected as Sheriff. Prior to Jan 2017, there were 5 Supervisory Inquiries & 3 full on IA’s. “Porngate” & “Repo Nights” are among the highlights.
Now we see what the straw was that broke the camel’s back. The IA (that was not disclosed even after I balked at the number of IA’s. Even on 9/14/2021, when Adam Riddle informed me the 3 were all there was but there was 10 Supervisory Inquiries) that caused Scott to be terminated is revealed.
There are so many things that need to be pointed out and discussed. There are numerous highlighted areas that I will be delving into but for today, notice the dates and the one glaring issue is the unanimous vote to terminate Scott, yet he “retired”. Once everyone agrees there is a violation and agreed on the punishment, he should be terminated. Allowing him to resign only works prior to that board vote. They voted. He is fired before he “retired”. Don’t know how that works.
I am going to put this out there for everyone to draw their own conclusions. Without further adieu:
I wanted to apologize for the sparse posts. I have been overwhelmed with information that just keeps on coming. That’s a good thing. I just have to get the info out. Bear with me.
I started blogging to expose the corruption in NW Florida. Honestly, I didn’t think it would be so pervasive or cancerous as it is. Allowing predators with badges to continue to terrorize a community is unacceptable and irredeemable. My intent is not to go after Bob Johnson or David Morgan but when all roads of corruption lead back to the people who enable them, ie the Sheriffs in this case. Being the head of an agency empowers the person in that seat. They can make or break lives depending on how they wield their influence and authority. In the cases I’ve been researching, the cases I have, I have found both Johnson & Morgan act as co-conspirators with the deviants they allow to be employed. Scott Haines and Eric Haines are predators who feed on those below them. Johnson & Morgan both know that and feel it business as usual to cover up these brothers’ crimes against their respective communities.
II have been shocked by the openly corrupt practices in Santa Rosa. I thought nothing could be Morgan’s predatory tenure, but I was wrong. Scott Haines beguiling Dorothy Rogers was so heinous I had to look into it. Once I started pulling that thread, so much more came to light. The funny part is that the day I got the call from Dorothy Rogers grandson, I had just had a conversation with a former ECSO deputy. We were talking about all the stuff Eric had done and this former deputy said Scott was obviously the “good” brother. He told me that he didn’t understand how the brothers could be so different. That night the curtain was pulled back showing Scott was just as much of a parasite as Eric. Many others have said similar things because no one was talking about all the shit Scott was doing. I didn’t have an contacts/sources in Santa Rosa. But once I started writing about this, quite a few people have contacted me. I have been told no one has ever brought criticism on the deeds of SRSO. There are various comments of interest on LeoAffairs.com, but without corroboration it is just talk. Now though, things are being dragged out into the light. Most all of it comes back to Scott and Bob Johnson. Now on with the info I have uncovered.
So one of the “Supervisory Inquiries” (that did not rise to the level of an IA, according to Sheriff Bob Johnson) is extremely bold and unbelievably, ruled “unfounded”. It is the encounter in which Scott feared for Brandy Wallace’s safety after her husband, Chris Wallace found out about an affair she had with Scott. So let me see if I understand this: Scott is screwing this guy’s wife and tells his superiors that he fears for Brandy’s safety, prompting all this attention to focus on the husband rather than on him. WTF?
If he feared for her safety at any point prior to “getting caught”, he had a duty to report it. But he waited until he was confronted by superiors to divulge this. That dog don’t hunt. Here is the “unfounded” supervisory inquiry:
I just don’t understand how Haines’s role in the disintegration of this marriage wasn’t an issue. Now let’s juxtapose this incidence in 2017 with the incident in 2020 in Escambia, where Haines tried to force his way into another subordinate’s home–another woman with whom he had a sexual relationship.
There are histrionics with that encounter. I got further insight into that night:
Both of these situations are DV issues, yet there is no fallout for Scott for the second one. Why? If this man, was suicidal, should he be an SRSO active officer?
I thought this little clip was interesting. It is from the “dildo panty” case. It seems if Scott sent pictures to a subordinate of someone else’s penis, it would be ok…..wtf?
I have been blogging about the organized fleecing of Dorothy Rogers for years. Scott Haines is at the helm but others allowed him to stay employed–namely Sheriff Bob Johnson. To say that Haines is anything less than a sexually deviant cancer within the SRSO, would understate the situation. I recently requested all the IA’s for Haines. I was provided 3. In further prodding, it has come to light that there are 10 Supervisory Inquiries (SI’s), which is a way to sidestep official investigations.
Supervisory inquiries, according to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s General Order J-003 Disciplinary Guidelines and Standards, are done when a complaint on an officer comes in and a supervisor does a mini-investigation to determine the validity of the complaint. I am told by other officers, that it also can be used to dispense discipline in the case of a minor infraction, like in the case of a written coaching or written warning. The offense and the discipline tend to be lesser and does not rise to the level to open an Internal Affairs case. If the complaint alleges criminal activity, an IA must be opened, but not in Santa Rosa.
Now at least 2 of these SI’s are serious allegations that should have triggered IA’s but Sheriffs Hall & Johnson decided to basically dismiss the complaints without real investigations, despite the severity of the claims. The first of the ones I knew about, was in 2012. William Sumner, a former cop, submitted a complaint, commonly referred to as “repo nights”. Sumner claimed Haines used NCIC/FCIC to repossess cars and used the SRSO impound lot to store cars. He would cannibalize cars held there to put on other vehicles. Sumner claimed Haines used other officers log in info to avoid detection. The complaint was dropped and found to be “unfounded” after Sumner avoided speaking to those investigating his complaint. It is my understanding he was aware of or participated in other illegal activities that an interview would uncover. That is the speculative understanding of his reluctance to talk to colleagues of Haines.
This is a typical deflection used to bypass investigating crimes reported. For instance, let’s go back to Naomi Jones’s mother going to ECSO to report her daughter missing and being arrested for a warrant for welfare fraud without the ECSO immediately looking into the missing child. I would have been suspicious of this myself, had I been Sumner. When these agencies, specifically ECSO & SRSO, do not want to give credence to a report given to them, they turn on the messenger who comes to them in good faith. It is common practice. People wonder why there is no relationship between law enforcement and many communities in the Panhandle.
The second SI complaint was filed in 2015 regarding the exploitation of Dorothy Rogers. Matt Groelinger submitted the complaint to Chris Watson regarding the pilfering by Haines of the irrevocable trust, Haines convinced Rogers to revoke in order to make him executer.
An investigator working for Marie Mattox, the attorney representing Groelinger, documented the following:
“It should be noted that Watson made no documented effort to interview any other family members or independent witnesses.
Watson ignored Groelingers request to have Haines cease any business relationship with Eastgate Mobile Home Park even though Groelinger provided documents proving his authority in Skirpan Properties LLC…..Watson documents his recommendation as, This case is to be closed and classified as UNFOUNDED. There is no credible evidence or information of any kind proving that any unethical or illegal acts or policy violations have been committed by Lt. Haines.
Again this isn’t surprising. If you don’t do an investigation or talk to people, then you reserve plausible deniability. It is better to be seen as incompetent than to open Pandora’s box.
Here is a list of the SI’s provided:
I have requested the documents associated with these SI’s. But doesn’t that look like a lot of issues? 9 since 2012 & 2 formal IA’s (2011 & 2019). Why was this cop kept around? I am reminded of an article in the Santa Rosa Gazette on 2018. The following quote by Bob Johnson was made, in reference to Rich Aloy’s assertion that “There is nothing more damaging than a bad cop”:
Everything having to do with Scott Haines is completely contrary to this statement. I would have to say, besides a bad cop, the more damaging thing is to have admin cover up for that bad cop. Those are the people who should know better and bear the burden on insuring the safety of the public. Since this cover-up is not a duty of any officer or elected official, those actions occur outside their official roles, thereby taking on professional liability and personal liability. This is the one exception to the immunity provided to protect such officials in the course of their duties within their positioning. Once they step outside the scope of that duty and act upon that, the immunity is waived.
It seems Bob has joined the ranks of some of his Escambia County counterparts. What a shame! He was thought to be a more honest Sheriff. It appears those do not exist after all.
This is a report done on October 28, 2020, shortly after midnight. Scott Haines attempted to force his way into a co-worker’s door. Other co-workers weigh in. Unsurprisingly, this does not trigger an IA investigation in Santa Rosa.
The Haines brothers just keep on victimizing people and very little is being done to protect the community from these guys.
Chief Deputy Eric Haines had his PBA membership revoked due to his continuous malfeasance and abuse of officers’ rights. No one has ever had their membership revoked. One person was unseated from the PBA board, but he still maintained his regular membership. This is huge. His actions are contrary to the mission statement and fundamental operations of the PBA. What does that say? This is unprecedented.
The Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office demoted Scott Haines after an IA investigation corroborated, in part, the sexual harassment of a subordinate. The finding of dildo underwear in his desk was the part being disciplined. The investigation concluded everything else is “he said” “she said”.
With his prior IA for viewing porn on his office computer as well as answering personal ads on Craigslist for hookups, there should be little doubt this guy is a sexual problem that is just amplifying due to the lack of REAL discipline. This dude is a threat to the community. Let’s not forget, he is exploiting an old lady for her money.
Why the hell are these guys allowed to oversee any staff at all? What the hell happened to these guys growing up that they have such vile proclivities to victimize people? Sexual abuse ? Possibly. All I can say for sure is these dudes should never be able to use their position, power or standing in the community to prey on said community.
There are serious sexual issues in these two departments. These two brothers are at the center of it all.
Previously I posted on Scott Haines an SRSO officer who wormed his way into a family, isolated a 90 year old woman with Alzheimer’s, Dorothy Rogers, and convinced her that her family was out “to put her away”. By detaching her from her family, via false accusations, civil complaint, and arrest warrant, Scott convinced her that only he was looking out for her welfare, being a law enforcement officer sold it. Aren’t cops supposed to be the “good guys”?
He got her to change an Irrevocable Trust by arresting the trustee, the person who is entrusted to protect the trust, Matthew Groelinger, for stealing from her estate, exploitation of an elderly person. Those charges were later dismissed, nolle proseqi, but only after Scott was named the new trustee of Rogers Trust and Estate, valued into the millions of dollars in real estate and assets. New documents have been released, authenticating Haines’s abuse of power and profiteering off of this woman.
This is the link to land sales to Haines for the sales of tracts of land owned by Rogers, deeded to Haines for $20 each (estimated value of each tract is $20K+).
These are the links to evictions from Rogers’s trailer park, executed by Rogers. The notes in Rogers own handwriting show her confusion and that she, not only believes Scott is her grandson, but that he is forcing her to evict these people and she doesn’t know why.