As part of her defense in a criminal trial, Carletha Cole, a former aide to Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carrol,l said she caught the lieutenant governor in “a compromising position” with another female aide shortly before being fired last year.
The allegations are part of the prosecution of Cole, who shared a recording of a conversation with Carroll’s chief of staff with a reporter for the Florida Times-Union, after she was fired.
Cole has been charged with disclosing that recorded conversation.
In a motion filed by Cole’s lawyers, court papers describe Cole accidentally walking in on what she believed to be a sexual encounter: “When she entered the office, she found the Lieutenant Governor and her Travel Aide, Beatriz Ramos, in what can only be described as a compromising position."
A spokesman for Florida Gov. Rick Scott did not issue a statement, but Lt. Gov. Carroll told The Associated Press that the claims were “totally false and absurd.”
Lt. Gov. Carroll is popular among social conservatives. Last year, she spoke at a Ralph Reed rally, urging "Christians to step up and lead this country on a proper moral path" (video below).