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Media Angered by Firefighter's Back-Door Jail Exit

Daytona Beach News-Journal via YellowBrix

August 04, 2010

DAYTONA BEACH — The arrest of Daytona Beach firefighter Adam Silva angered and surprised many of his colleagues; but his release from the county jail incensed TV media.

It was the way Silva left the jail that made tempers rise, Volusia County officials say.

The 30-year-old firefighter, arrested twice in one week — on charges of rape and attempted rape — left the Volusia County Branch Jail via a rear door Friday, angering TV reporters waiting for him to emerge through the front door of the facility, county spokesman Dave Byron said.

“Whoever came to bond out Silva asked the jail if he (Silva) could leave through a rear access door,” Byron said Tuesday. “Because of all the commotion that was going on, a shift commander granted the request.”

“The electronic media accused the county of giving Silva preferential treatment. That was not the intention,” Byron said.

The jail gaffe has spurred a change in policy at the facility, he said. “No matter who you are, you’re walking out the front door,” he said.

The error prompted County Manager Jim Dinneen to write a letter apologizing to TV media. “We regret the way we handled the release of inmate Silva on July 30, 2010,” Dinneen wrote in his one-page missive. “You have a right to be upset at how this was handled at the jail.”


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