December 15, 2022

DeSantis Donor Dies in Apparent Suicide

A donor of Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis died of an apparent suicide after a report of his sexual misconduct.

Kent Stermon, 50, of Jacksonville, was found in his vehicle outside of the Atlantic Beach post office on Thursday evening, according to authorities.

"Stermon had been reported missing by his wife, Christie, after his heart monitor stopped earlier that day," according to the New York Post.

"Shortly after the discovery of his body, police announced they were investigating his death as a suicide," it added. "Stermon was under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct at the time of his death, law enforcement sources told the Times-Union."

Stermon was also a member of the state's board of governors who released a statement following his passing.

"We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Governor Kent Stermon. For the last three years, Kent has served on this board with distinction," the statement read.

"He has been a champion of higher education and student success in Florida and a long-time supporter of the University of North Florida in many ways throughout the years. The Board of Governors sends its heartfelt condolences to Kent's family during this difficult time," it added.

"Prior to his death, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said he was the subject of an 'active investigation' without specifying its nature," according to reports.

"The Times-Union cited sources indicating the investigation was exploring alleged sexual misconduct," it added.

Police have ruled out foul play in the death, but many questions remain regarding Stermon's situation and connections with Florida's governor.

Source: New York Post

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