BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The case against 24-year-old triple FAU honors graduate Roger Ploof has been dropped. The Boca Raton resident was charged by Boca police with domestic battery after he physically removed a girl “friend” from his home after she allegedly became irate that another woman had decorated his Christmas tree.
The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office tells BocaNewsNow.com, “Insufficient evidence exists to prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt due to an uncooperative victim and lack of independent evidence.”
BocaNewsNow.com raised questions about the December arrest after learning exclusively that the “victim” is the niece of a Boca Raton Police Dispatcher. It is the dispatcher, Debbie Jacquinta, who called police for assistance after her niece complained that Ploof removed her from his house.
Jacqunita is not accused of any professional or personal wrongdoing, and has a virtually spotless personnel record with the City of Boca Raton. However, she was on the scene when her co-workers — Boca Police officers — arrived to question and ultimately arrest Ploof.
Jacquinta’s appearance at the scene resulted in commanding officers overseeing Ploof’s arrest.
There is no suggestion by the State of police misconduct, however, Ploof says he is “exploring legal options.”