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New developments in Lakeland PD investigations

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LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) -

A new report from the embattled Lakeland Police Department marks the end of one career, while clearing another high-ranking officer's name.

The department concluded its internal investigation into Officer Nick Edds.  News Channel 8 broke the story about Edds in June, when he testified in open court that he often had other officers notarize blank arrest reports, and then filled in details later.

On Thursday, Lakeland PD announced Edds had resigned, in lieu of termination.

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Meantime, Lieutenant Hans Lehman, the one-time head of the internal affairs unit, was cleared of any wrongdoing.

State Attorney Jerry Hill made some pretty serious allegations against Lehman, saying the veteran cop essentially improperly helped another officer was the center of a state attorney's office investigation.

Chief Lisa Womack addressed the case against Lehman, and explained why he was exonerated.

"We take the state attorney's office very seriously," said Chief Womack.  "We're gonna look into it, and make sure that we, in taking the information that they gave us and doing a very thorough investigation, we got to the bottom of ... what occurred, and yes he did have a conversation, but that was about a case that at that time was not under criminal investigation."

A spokesman for state attorney Jerry Hill said they would have no comment about the Lehman case.

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Thursday's report also showed that Lakeland PD victim's advocate Jackie Suggs resigned, instead of facing termination.

Administrators say Suggs failed to report misconduct in connection with the sex scandal that has rocked the department over the last year.

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