Deltona to decide whether to remove metal detectors from city meetings

DELTONA, Fla. — The city of Deltona could decide Monday night if it will do away with using metal detectors at city meetings.

The city said it received threats two years ago and put them in as a precaution. But after a woman recently claimed a deputy inappropriately touched her while walking through one, there are now calls to remove them.

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Video from April shows Tammy Stuck walking through a metal detector outside the Deltona commission chambers. Her ankle brace sets it off twice.

In the video, a deputy touches Stuck’s leg to confirm it’s a brace.

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Stuck claimed she was a victim of abuse as a child and said the touch was inappropriate.

Sheriff Mike Chitwood said his deputy followed procedures and did nothing wrong.

Stuck reported what happened a few weeks later to commissioners and filed a complaint against the deputy.

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Chitwood asked the state attorney to file charges against her for filing a false report.

She called for the metal detectors to be removed.

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“That metal detector needs to go because you don’t know how many people have the same history I have,” Stuck said.

The city manager’s recommendation is to keep them.

Commissioners are set to come to a decision Monday night.

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.