Escambia Sheriff’s Office Employee Arrested For Child Sexual Battery

October 12, 2017

An Escambia County Sheriff’s Office employee has been arrested for the sexual abuse of an underage victim.

Jonathan Matthew Waugh, 56, was charged with sexual battery of a victim over 12 and under 18 years old.

Waugh worked in the IT department at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. The agency said he has been terminated.


19 Responses to “Escambia Sheriff’s Office Employee Arrested For Child Sexual Battery”

  1. John Johnson on October 13th, 2017 7:42 pm

    I wonder who HIRED this guy? (did capitalization help?)

  2. My take on October 12th, 2017 11:03 pm

    “Imagine that” was probably referring to the fact when this first was published on here there was no mugshot. Usually NE has no problem posting a mugshot and stories about the general public, which I am sure the person in the picture or family member would wish it were not on here.
    But then this Mug appeared later, probably when it was clear he was no longer an employee with the ECSO.
    Odd the sheriff dept chimed in so defensively, when it was probably directed at the publisher of this story.

  3. David Huie Green on October 12th, 2017 10:17 pm

    I believe the intended statement is Imagine that! Slander everyone else, but hide this coward.”

    I appreciate the attempt to explain and the punctuation and capitalization helped quite a bit if that was what was really intended, but even with greater understanding, it is confusing.

    I don’t see from the article where anyone was slandered by anyone, hidden by anyone or why the accused is called a coward — if guilty, a criminal, yes, but even then, cowardice is not evident. So maybe he did something cowardly elsewhere?

    It is hard to judge bravery when the accuser is hiding behind a false name — or was he calling himself (herself?) a coward? So confusing…

    David still for understanding

  4. David Craig on October 12th, 2017 2:26 pm

    EMD, I meant it as it was written. Sheriff Morgan used that phrase on WCOA radio Wednesday morning. To generalize he was referring to the problem of how relationships influence decisions rather than logic or the actual facts surrounding an issue.

  5. EMD on October 12th, 2017 12:29 pm

    David Craig:

    What does this mean?

    ” When the Sheriff speaks of the “cult of personality” ???? Typo? Or could you have meant, OFF the CUFF of personality……Is that what you meant? Confused.

  6. MaltiMom on October 12th, 2017 11:40 am

    People are very good at hiding what goes on after they leave work. And you don’t have a clue what all goes on at ECSO before the action of terminating him happened. Also unless you know the details of what happened how can you be so critical of the action taken.

  7. Jcellops on October 12th, 2017 11:15 am

    My thought: unless the said crime was captured on audio/video, and or, the subject outright admitted to the said crime, the sheriff (who, no doubt, conferred with his legal department first) would most likely have “suspended” the subject first, until a thorough investigation was completed. Typically, I believe that a “he said-she said” type-event would have proceeded with a suspension until an outcome was determined. That’s what makes sense to me- perhaps I’m wrong.

  8. Esc co leo on October 12th, 2017 8:39 am


    “Sounds like there is a lot of trouble within the Sheriff’s Department.”

    When “trouble” is found it is dealt with. We do not tolerate this at our agency. We can’t predict the future… we don’t when we hire an employee if they will commit a crime in the future. If they do, we deal with it.

  9. retired on October 12th, 2017 8:34 am

    What happened to due process, innocent until proven guilty? what will happen if he goes to trial and is found NOT guilty, will David give him his job back?????????? May be he should be suspended first, until the jury decides!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Jim on October 12th, 2017 8:00 am

    @ citizen: He wasn’t “found guilty”; he was fired. We don’t know the extent of any conversations with his employer but, at any rate, it isn’t the same as being found guilty of a crime.

  11. rick on October 12th, 2017 7:58 am

    I believe the intended statement is Imagine that! Slander everyone else, but hide this coward.

  12. Trocarman on October 12th, 2017 7:02 am

    Sounds like there is a lot of trouble within the Sheriff’s Department.

  13. Donna on October 12th, 2017 6:49 am

    Hard to believe this is first time.

  14. David Craig on October 12th, 2017 1:20 am

    Slander and libel require there to be an absence of truth. When the Sheriff speaks of the “cult of personality” in Escambia County, veracity is at the forefront. As pointed out by @imagine the investigation was efficient and if found guilty the punishment will be severe and certain. He was immediately terminated from county employment. Perhaps you could elucidate what more you would expect from a professional law enforcement agency?

  15. Citizen on October 11th, 2017 10:25 pm

    Wonder why they fired him?

    What happened to due process, innocent until proven guilty?

    IT guy — Information Technology. Wonder what all he knows?

  16. David Huie Green on October 11th, 2017 10:12 pm

    “Imagine that slander everyone else but hide this coward”

    What? The meaning of the sequence of words eludes me. Please expound.

    David for understanding

  17. molino jim on October 11th, 2017 8:47 pm

    Was this fellow working for the city of Pensacola a couple of years ago in the IT section?

  18. Esc co leo on October 11th, 2017 7:26 pm

    @ imagine

    Nobody tried to “hide this coward.” As soon as it was discovered what he did, he was arrested and fired. Exactly what a professional law enforcement agency should do.

  19. Imagine that on October 11th, 2017 5:40 pm

    Imagine that slander everyone else but hide this coward

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