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No criminal charges filed in Tallahassee shelter case

The Shelter
Posted at 9:30 AM, Mar 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-19 11:31:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Tallahassee Police Department has completed their investigation of employees working at "The Shelter." Investigators say that none of the employees will face criminal charges, and that they've closed and labelled the case "unfounded."

The investigation opened on February 15, 2013, when TPD investigators learned of a blog written by Renee Miller. Miller is the director of City Walk Ministries, a ministry aimed at helping the homeless. In the blog, she said that she'd been pushed down, berated, and propositioned for sex by shelter employees. She also complained of a bedbug infestation.

Miller's blog opened up several investigations into whether or not employees were sexually harassing clients, cashing their Social Security and/or governmental assistance checks, mismanaging funds, and improperly dispensing medication.

After speaking with several witnesses and suspects, investigators say that they were unable to uncover a criminal offense at The Shelter.

Although they did uncover a bedbug infestation, Shelter director Mel Eby says that it's a known issue they are trying to fix. Local and State health officials say that they have no mandatory regulations regarding the bedbug situation.