Friday, February 15, 2019

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How a Florida newspaper handled a cop sex sting tape

The story alone is plenty powerful: a high-ranking Fort Myers, Florida, police officer was accused of engaging in a sex act with a woman at a massage parlor during an undercover prostitution sting.

But the Fort Myers News-Press had more. It had the video.

What to do with that video became an intense newsroom discussion and, ultimately, the most powerful part of the News-Press’ presentation.

First, the background. This alleged incident took place in March of 2013. A complaint against Capt. Jay Rodriguez (left) claimed that Rodriguez was working undercover at the massage parlor. It goes on to say that Rodriguez didn’t know how to work a hidden camera and when he thought he had turned it off, he had not. The video later was meant to be deleted, but instead was uploaded. It’s appears from the audio that Rodriguez receives a sex act from a worker in the massage parlor.

Somehow, the video was obtained by O’Neil Kerr, a former police officer who once worked for Rodriguez. Kerr had a contentious relationship with Rodriguez, according to the paper. After filing a complaint late last year against Rodriguez for the massage parlor incident and giving the city a copy of the video on Feb. 8, Kerr was frustrated by the lack of action. So he gave a copy of the video to the News-Press earlier this week.

“We had a lot of discussion about what we should do with the video,’’ said Melanie Payne, one of the reporters on the story. “There was no question about what the video revealed, but we had to figure out how to handle it.”

Leo Kim, director of visuals for the News-Press, said that once it was established that it was Rodriguez in the video, two questions had to be answered before putting the video on the paper’s website.

One: Was the video real? Kim said he went through the video frame by frame at various points to look for any irregularities such as changes in the time stamp or odd edits or anything that made it look like the video had been doctored or staged.

Two: How much could they show to accurately portray what had occurred, but not so much as to offend its audience?

There was one more thing. The News-Press believed the woman in the video likely was part of a human-trafficking situation.

“The last thing we wanted was to victimize her one more more time,’’ Kim said.

So Kim went through several edits, making sure you could never see her face or anything that felt gratuitous. He took a 17-minute video and edited it down to 1 minute, 17 seconds. It was enough to show Rodriguez going to the massage parlor, negotiating a price and then, later, putting his pants back on.

“We needed to establish that, yes, this was the guy,’’ said Payne, who did see the whole video and described to me what she saw and heard. “But we wanted to do it the right way.’’

Read the story to get more details, including possible corruption inside the Fort Myers police department. The News-Press should be commended for how it handled the video — from vetting it to editing it and, ultimately, publishing it. As I read the story, I understood all the details of the case. But seeing the video put me inside the massage parlor and, quite frankly, gave me a nauseous feeling. It showed just how wrong it all was in a way mere words could not.

The News-Press deserves credit for a job done well, respectfully and responsibly.

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