Orange County

Orange County deputy married to man facing Capitol riot charges cleared in internal investigation

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — An Orange County deputy who is married to a man accused of participating in the U.S. Capitol riot has been cleared of any wrongdoing after an internal investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office started an inquiry into Deputy Sarah Jackman after her husband, Arthur Jackman, 30, was arrested and accused of participating in the U.S. Capitol riot including sharing a selfie showing him inside Senate chambers, according to federal documents.

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The department said Sarah, who has been with the agency since May 2015, was at work on Jan. 6 while her husband was in Washington, D.C.

Investigators said Arthur identified himself as a member of the Proud Boys, a group that describes itself as a “pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world; aka Western Chauvinists.”

The sheriff’s office said in April that Sarah had not been accused of any wrongdoing, and that the FBI has said there is “no evidence or indication that she had anything to do with the events at the Capitol on Jan. 6 or is a member of any extremist organization.”

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But the department said in a statement that “it would be concerning if a deputy is associated with people or groups that exhibit extremist ideology.”

With that in mind, the agency said the inquiry was launched into what Sarah knew about her husband’s alleged involvement in the events at the Capitol.

The department said the internal investigation cleared her of any wrongdoing. Read their full statement below:

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“The inquiry was conducted to determine if Deputy Sarah Jackman violated any OCSO policies or Florida laws in relation to her husband’s involvement in the Proud Boys or the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. The inquiry found no wrongdoing on the part of Deputy Jackman. Employees of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office are prohibited from belonging to any group that exhibits extremist ideology.”

Channel 9 reporter Shannon Butler is reading through documents related to the investigation and will have a full report on Channel 9 Eyewitness News starting at 4 p.m.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

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