Data Scientist Fired Over Her 'Rona Research was Previously Fired by FSU for Sex with a Student and Revenge Porn

Daily Mail - The fired Florida Health Department employee in charge of the state's COVID-19 response website has a lurid past including three arrests, a torrid affair with her student and being fired from her previous university teaching job, a DailyMail.com investigation can reveal. 

Rebekah Jones, 30, claims she was asked to leave by health officials this month because she refused to fudge coronavirus infection numbers. But a different picture has now emerged after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said that Jones was canned because of insubordination and called her 'disruptive.'

A DailyMail.com investigation has revealed Jones, a married mother-of-two, was fired from Florida State University for having an affair with one of her students while she herself was a PhD student and instructor in 2017. 

The affair - which she chronicled in great detail in a 342-page essay that she filed as part of a now dismissed defamation case - ended with three arrests and revenge porn and cyber stalking cases against her as well as her claim of a pregnancy. 

The essay, obtained by DailyMail.com, includes page after page of graphic details on alleged sexual encounters with then-student Garrett Sweeterman, then 21, as well as X-rated text messages about sexual fantasies both were having about one another. 

The essay even describes her body's sensations when she had sex with Sweeterman on the floor of her university office, as well as the size of the student's manhood . FSU, like most universities, bans sexual contact between professors and their students. ...

Records show Jones was arrested for the first time and charged with vandalizing Sweeterman's car at the condo he shared with other FSU students in October 2017. ...

Court records show she was charged with three counts of cyberstalking Sweeterman after she allegedly created a 'revenge porn' website called SurvivingGarrett and sent the link to online boards focusing on women's issues and the #metoo movement.

According to court records, the website included photos of Sweeterman naked that he allegedly shared with her when they were lovers.

Well it's reassuring to know that, faced with the single greatest health crisis since the Spanish Flu and most devastating economic collapse since the Great Depression, we've got our best people on it. 

I have no idea whether Rebekah Jones was actually asked to fudge coronavirus figures. Though I suspect it's going on all over the place - with the fudge going up in some spot and the fudge going down in others - to suit someone's political agenda. That's the world we live in. These are the people hired by the people we elect. So while I don't have a cock in the fight of Florida politics, by no means does this report about Professor Jones being a stalking, deranged, dong-hungry lunatic let anyone off the hook. 

Here's a suggestion on how best to handle this crisis. Casually ask all the people who work for you that the public has entrusted with life and death decisions if they're nutjobs. Or, better yet, look into it. Do a little research. Some background checks into their past employment before you give them plum, recession-proof jobs on the government payroll. 

I mean, I assume the Florida Health Department has an interview process for new hires? Is it too big an ask that one of the questions might be, "Why did you leave the university?" Or, more to the point, "Say, when you were teaching in Tallahassee, did you run into any sort of difficulties? By any chance did you bone one of your students on the floor of your office, write a 342 page essay about that sex, vandalize his car, start a revenge porn website about him and tell him he got you pregnant? If it's not too personal a question, that is." 

So yeah, great job of finding the best and brightest to get us through this crisis, Florida. And to the other 49 states, I'm sure there are plenty of Rebekah Jones - female and male - calling the shots in all this. We get the government we deserve. Unfortunately.