Carletha Cole, Carroll’s ex-office aide, was arrested and charged with leaking a taped conversation to a Florida newspaper. As apart of her defense, she claims she was fired because she walked in on Carroll and the lieutenant governor’s travel aide, Beatriz Ramos, as well as complaining about unfair working conditions.
Defending herself against the charges, Cole alleges in a court filing the lieutenant governor fired her shortly after she walked in on the Republican leader and the staff member in Carroll’s capitol office.
The allegation came to light in a July 5 court filing in response to a motion by prosecutors that certain records in the case be made confidential.
“When she entered the office, she found the Lieutenant Governor and her Travel Aide, Beatriz Ramos, in what can only be described as a compromising position,” according to a motion filed by Cole’s lawyer, Stephen Webster.
The Florida governor’s office did not respond to phone calls and emails seeking comment about the allegations. However, the lieutenant governor did issue a strong denial to other media.
Cole has waged a public campaign against Carroll for months, calling for her impeachment and accusing her of “nepotism and misuse of office for sexual escapade.”
Carroll, a military vet and married mother of three, has denied the allegations, but Cole insists the indiscretion occurred. She even took a polygraph test (which are not admissible in court) administered by a retired expert who used to work with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and was deemed truthful.
If convicted on charges she leaked a taped conversation to the media, Cole, an A.M.E. minister and mother of two children, may face up to five years in prison.