Elizabeth L. Parker, Esq.
EX-SHERIFF’S CAPTAIN MUST REMAIN IN JAIL The Palm Beach Post by Larry Keller Former Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Capt. David Carhart used to bust people who broke the rules. A judge Thursday denied his request to be reinstated to house arrest after Carhart twice broke the rules of his confinement. Carhart, 42, must remain in jail until three felony charges against him, in connection with an ex-girlfriend are resolved. No trial date has been set. After spending more than six weeks in jail on those charges, Carhart was released in May on $25,000 bond and confined to house arrest. A week later, he broke a rule when he spoke to his ex-wife in his driveway, interrupting for 11 minutes the signal from the ankle bracelet that monitors his movements. No action was taken against Carhart, who retired in January, after that incident. Then while driving home from an appointment with a doctor on June 30, Carhart deviated from an approved route and entered a “victim-exclusionary zone.” That’s a broad perimeter established by the sheriff’s office to keep him from driving near the homes and workplaces of two ex-girlfriends. He has been accused of stalking and harassing the women. He pleaded guilty in his best interest in April to misdemeanor charges against one woman. Felony charges of burglary, tampering with a witness and the aggravated stalking of Tracey Seberg are pending. Carhart was alerted by a beep on his portable tracking device that he was driving in an area that he shouldn’t be. He also received a text message: “Stop! Turn around! Exit the area now!” Instead, Carhart continued in the same direction. He drove in the forbidden area for less than four-tenths of a mile, or 40 seconds, the sheriff’s office said. He was arrested and returned to jail. Carhart testified that he drove into the forbidden zone when he made a wrong turn, and thought he could get out faster if he continued in the same direction. “It was a poor decision,” he said. His attorney, Scott Richardson, said Carhart’s Andros Isles home is closer to that of Seberg than the off-limits area in which he drove. His “bad choice” did not warrant a return to jail, Richardson argued. Prosecutor Elizabeth Parker suggested that Carhart once told Seberg that he felt like God when in uniform and that he did not need to follow rules. Carhart denied saying that. “Judge, he doesn’t abide by the rules,” Parker said in urging that Carhart remain in jail. “He thinks they don’t apply to him.” Circuit Judge Sandra McSorley said it did not matter whether Carhart’s behavior was willful. With two violations of his house-arrest pact, she said, she was not giving him another chance.