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By Tom Lemons
September 26, 2023 

Two Hernando Correctional Officers Arrested, Audit Shows Numerous Violations


Last updated 9/28/2023 at 2:35pm


On September 26th, R News reported the arrest of a Shady Hill “man” who is accused of having sex with a dog and posting videos of the activity on social media. R News has now learned that 24-year-old Adam Shawn Lee Kuhlow is a biological female and that she changed her name in 2021 from Autumn Amanda Brey Kuhlow. We apologize for the error.


BROOKSVILLE – In an exclusive R News report published last month, whistleblowers at Hernando Correctional Institution (HCI) made claims that multiple officers were engaging in sexual activity with each other and inmates at the facility. The informants also made allegations of serious health and safety concerns for staff and inmates (See Comments for Details).

Today, R News learned that two now-former officers who were arrested have been terminated or resigned from the Florida Department of Corrections.

According to reports, 24-year-old Adam Shawn Lee Kuhlow was arrested last Friday in Pasco County, after officials say he engaged in sexual activity with a dog and then posted videos of the acts online. Kuhlow was charged with Sexual Activity Involving Animals and released on a $5,000 bond.

Sources say Kuhlow was an officer with the Florida Department of Corrections and worked at the HCI until the incident. It is unknown if Kuhlow was terminated or resigned over the arrest.

A second HCI officer, 23-year-old Shi'mon Adriyel Hicks was arrested on August 27th on charges of Driving Under the Influence. Hicks is no longer employed with the FDOC, as of the date of his arrest.

According to a source at HCI, after our August 22nd report, officials in Tallahassee ordered a full audit of the facility, which took place last week.

Sources say the auditors discovered multiple violations involving the discovery of drugs and other contraband inside the facility. They also found tools and chemicals accessible to inmates that could have been used as weapons.

Just prior to the audit, Warden Tamara Poynter delivered a memo to staff, advising them that she would be taking leave from September 14th through October 2nd, completely avoiding investigators conducting the audit.

We contacted Paul Walker, Deputy Communications Director for the FDOC, who said he would look into the allegations and get back to us.


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