MCSO: Center investigation over

​The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is “done” with its investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by former Anna Maria Island Community Center staff member Andy Jonatzke.

MCSO spokesperson Dave Bristow said no further action will be taken.

​The MCSO Child Potection Investigation Division investigated allegations that Jonatzke had sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl at the center, and may have sent text messages of a sexual nature to the girl or other girls at the center. A report was filed MCSO April 1 by center executive director Pierrette Kelly.

“The investigation is over,” Bristow said, and no charges were filed. “We’ve closed our books. No victim, no crime.”

​The 17-year-old denied the allegations to MCSO detectives, Bristow said, and the text messages were not enough to warrant any charges or further investigation.

​”We’re done,” Bristow concluded.

​Jonatzke was placed on administrative leave April 1 by Kelly after she learned that Sandra Mattick informed Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby of the allegations. Mattick was required by the MCSO to sign a police complaint.

​Center policy is to place a staff member on a leave of absence pending the results of any investigation into misconduct, Kelly said.

The center executive board began its own investigation into the allegations, but Jonatzke resigned April 8, ending further review, center executive board chair Greg Ross said.

​But Mattick said the center needs its own outside, independent investigation to bring closure to the incident.

​“We need to know the facts. The whole truth is not being told,” she said.

​Efforts to reach Jonatzke for comment were unsuccessful. Telephone messages left for Jonatzke were not returned.

​The center board will hold its routine monthly meeting at 8 a.m. Monday, May 2, and will discuss some “stop gap” procedures and policies enacted to ensure the safety and welfare of youth at the center.

The center is at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

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