2 Fla. medics charged with sexual battery and child neglect

The police are searching for the medics that were both fired 1 week ago for absenteeism


By Trista Pruett
Northwest Florida Daily News

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Two former Okaloosa County paramedics are being sought on Escambia County warrants in an investigation that also resulted in the arrests of two sheriff’s deputies.

Douglas Albert Manning, 47, and Leah Giannotti Manning, 40, are wanted on charges of sexual battery and child neglect, according to a media release from Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

A spokeswoman with the sheriff’s office declined to release any additional details about the charges, saying that the case was an open investigation.

The couple was last seen in the area of Berg Street in Pensacola and are known to drive a 2013 red Chevrolet Camaro.

EMS Chief Tracey Vause said the two were terminated from Okaloosa County EMS after they stopped showing up for work more than a week ago.

“Neither one of them is currently employed with EMS,” he said.

They had both worked for Okaloosa County since Jan. 11, 2011.

Both were reportedly residents of Escambia County.

Two Escambia County deputies were also arrested as part of the investigation.

Senior Deputy Mark Gene Smith and deputy Walter Michael Thomas were each charged with felony sexual assault. Smith was also charged with misdemeanor battery.

Both are being held without bond and were placed on administrative leave.

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan announced plans to hold a media conference on March 9 in regards to the case.

Anyone with information on the Mannings’ location is asked to call 850-436-9620, Crimestoppers at 850-433-STOP or online at gulfcoastcrimestoppers.org.

©2015 the Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.)

 

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