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Detective demoted, left loaded gun in theater bathroom

Tampa, FL -- A Hillsborough County Sheriff's Detective has been demoted for leaving a loaded handgun inside a movie theater bathroom.

Luke Hussey, a 13-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office has also been suspended for 10 days without pay. The punishment was handed out following an HCSO internal review of the incident.

On Father's Day Hussey left a loaded 9-millimeter inside a bathroom stall at the Muvico Theater complex in Ybor City. The gun was discovered by a 9-year-old boy.

"My son opened the door and immediately said dad there's a gun in the bathroom," Wesley Noland, the boy's father told 10 News the day after his son made the discovery.

Noland, a former Marine with a Concealed Weapons Permit said he immediately secured the handgun and called police. He described to 10 News his biggest fear.

"That the gun could have been picked up by a child or it could have been picked up by a convicted felon or a rowdy group of teenagers or something like that," said Noland. "But in any case, it could have been used in a crime or accidentally discharged and it could have killed somebody in the theater- worst of all a kid."

The punishment handed out this week will leave a permanent mark on Hussey's personnel file which, until now, has been nearly spotless.

See also: Why no criminal charges for detective who left gun in bathroom?

Hussey's 278-page file mostly contains glowing reviews by his supervisors. He has received 10 certificates of Commendation since joining the HCSO including one for catching a group of purse snatchers and another letter for helping to arrest a group of burglars responsible for an armed home invasion.

One supervisor said in his 2005 review that Hussey is "attentive and proactive to all facets of his duties and police work making him very effective at serving the community."

Hussey will likely begin serving his 10 day suspension immediately.

Follow 10 News Reporter Preston Rudie on twitter @PrestonRudie


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