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Deputy Attempts Suicide

Deputy Attempts Suicide

Bartow, Fla.-(970 WFLA)-A Polk County Sheriff's Deputy is recovering after trying to hang himself in jail after being arrested for groping a 17 year-old girl.

Bartow police say 40 year-old Mark Hicks kissed and fondled a 17 year-old girl. Investigators say Hicks admitted to hugging and kissing the girl without her permission during a visit to Hicks' home.

Hicks is also accused of sending lewd messages and images to the girl.  Hicks is charged with using a computer to solicit a minor to commit a lewd act, exposing a minor to harmful material, tampering with evidence and battery.

Officers found Hicks in the cell and were able to revive him after his suicide attempt.  Hicks is being held in the Polk County Jail Crisis Stabilization Unit.


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