Police officer, USAF reservist continues training despite sexual battery charges

A Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy accused of sexual battery was in court Tuesday asking the judge to allow him to continue his Air Force Reserve training while awaiting trial for sexual battery.

Jason Nebergall was arrested in December on charges of sexual battery for allegedly forcing himself on a woman, records show. During a hearing Tuesday, his attorney asked the judge for permission for Nebergall to continue training with the military one day a month.

According to court documents, the victim told an investigator with the Sheriff’s Office sex crimes unit how the 38-year-old deputy returned to her home a short time after responding for a call earlier that July morning.

She says the deputy began kissing her on her breast, making her feel him while he rubbed her. The victim told investigators the deputy dressed in his uniform pulled her underwear halfway down and started thrusting himself on her backside, but stopped after telling her “I can’t do this without a condom.”

Moments later she claims he turned her around, kissed her and said I’ll check on you later, pulled his pants back up and left.

The victim told investigators “although she didn’t say no,” her “body language said different.”

CBS12 reports that days later, according to court documents, when investigators asked the suspect if he touched the victim or if she touched him, he replied “no.”

The Sun Sentinel reports Nebergall’s attorney said his client does not fire any weapons during training.

Prosecutors didn’t object to the motion, and the judge granted the request.

According to WPTV 5, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records show this isn’t the first time Nebergall been accused of misconduct involving sex. In 2014, a doorman at a gentlemen’s club said the officer engaged in a sexual relationship with a dancer while in uniform.

At the time, Deputies closed the investigation that he engaged in sexual misconduct while on duty and in full uniform after finding “insufficient evidence.”

The internal affairs file on Nebergall contains more than 2,000 pages. Since he began working with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in November 2007, Nebergall has consistently faced complaints over his behavior while on the job, according to WPTV 5.

When WPTV 5 asked the president of the Police Benevolent Association, why, with all these allegations and complaints against him, Nebergall was allowed to keep working, he said Nebergall faced progressive discipline over the years and the punishment always fit the crime.

The union is not representing him in the sexual battery case.

On Dec. 16, 2016, months after the reported sexual assault, the sheriff’s office finally Nebergall on “unpaid” leave.

We’ve reached out to the Air Force Reserve Command for information and comment but have not received a reply as of this writing.

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