Two Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies have been disciplined for violating the department’s procedures on the disclosure of information when authorities arrived at an Orlando hotel to investigate a report of an unresponsive guest.
According to a report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, shortly after comedian Bob Saget was found unresponsive in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Hotel, law enforcement began its investigation with Orange County Deputy Emiliano Silva was among the first to arrive at the hotel.
But he was first in another way, apparently sending a text message to his brother about the death of the beloved actor. At that point, Silva’s brother tweeted the news. That tweet has since been deleted.
Reportedly, the deputy was unaware that his brother shared the news of the actor’s death on Twitter until he was shown a screenshot of the tweet nearly an hour later. Silva became upset when he learned about the tweet, asking his brother to delete it immediately, but before he could delete it, media outlets had seen the tweet and had already begun asking about the report of Saget’s passing.
But Silva wasn’t the only one who reportedly violated the department’s information disclosure policy. Another deputy, Steven Reed, who was not on duty on the day of Saget’s death, was told about the actor’s demise and then shared the news with two of his neighbors via text messages.
Both incidences occurred before Bob Saget’s family was notified of his death.
Because of this, both deputies were found in violation of the department’s “dissemination of information directive,” according to FOX 35 Orlando.
Deputy Silva and Deputy Reed both came to disciplinary agreements through the office’s “Discipline Dispute Resolution Process” however the official report does not give details about the disciplinary actions taken against the two.
Saget was found deceased in his hotel room on January 9. The next day, an autopsy was performed by the Orange and Osceola County Medical Examiner, the results from which were made public weeks later, showing that Saget died from head trauma.
Bob Saget rose to fame as the lovable patriarch Danny Tanner on the Disney/ABC sitcom Full House in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He went on to host ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos.