A seven-year veteran of the Lee County SheriffÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Office was arrested Monday and is accused of possessing steroids and marijuana.
Lee County detectives found vials of steroids, three of testosterone enanthate and one of nandrolone decoanate, in the Fort Myers home of deputy John Eaton on Monday, according to a SheriffÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Office news release. They also found an empty vial of steroids and several needles, according to the news release.
Testosterone enanthate and nandrolone decoanate are slow-acting steroids popular with bodybuilders.
Detectives said they also found marijuana in EatonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bathroom along with an aluminum can altered to smoke the drug.
Eaton was booked into the Lee County Jail about 10 p.m. Monday. He faces a felony charge of a possession of a controlled substance without a prescription for the steroids. He also faces misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and drug equipment. His bond was set at $3,500.
Eaton was placed on administrative leave, pending an Internal Affairs investigation.
Eaton joined the Sheriff’s Office in September 2005 and most recently worked on patrol in Bonita Springs.
The Daily News reported on Eaton in December 2008 when a then-64-year-old Bonita Springs man filed an excessive force lawsuit against Eaton and another deputy.
At the time, Eaton’s personnel file revealed he admitted to using steroids twice while at college in the late 1980s. The file also showed Eaton received generally positive performance reviews.
In the lawsuit, Robert Pfeffer Jr. said Eaton and the other deputy tackled and Tasered him while he walked away from treatment for a medical condition. The deputies said Pfeffer was belligerent and walked toward them in a threatening manner, warranting the use of force. Two paramedics on the scene also said Pfeffer repeatedly shouted obscenities as they tried to treat him.
The lawsuit was settled, with the terms undisclosed. An internal investigation determined the allegations were “unfounded,” concluding Pfeffer threatened the deputies.
In a phone interview Tuesday, Pfeffer’s son, Robert Pfeffer III, questioned the impartiality of internal investigators.
“They really swept this under the rug as much as they could,” Pfeffer III said.