Bronson mayor planning to file defamation suit

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Bronson Mayor Franklin Schuler Jr. said he will be filing a defamation lawsuit against the parties to a complaint about his behavior at a concert that resulted him being reprimanded for a violation of professional standards in his job as a Levy County sheriff's corrections officer.

Schuler was accused by Mark Cox and two juveniles of cursing and possibly being drunk after being told he could not park in an area reserved for vendor deliveries at the Feb. 28 Bark 'n' Purr concert. The trio filed the complaint with the Levy County Sheriff's office on Tuesday following the Saturday encounter.

An internal investigation by the Sheriff's Office concluded the complaint about being intoxicated was unfounded, while the complaint that he used profanity in front of two juveniles and an adult was found to be substantiated.

The day he was reprimanded, Schuler said he resigned - ending a 19-year career with the sheriff's office. "I did it because I didn't trust them no more," he said. "It was all made up."

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