The deputy apparently used his personal phone while off duty on Dec. 18 to make a romantic gesture towards the woman by inquiring about her personal life, according to spokeswoman Corey Dobridnia.

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — A Walton County Sheriff's Office deputy was fired Wednesday after using his position to contact a woman he helped while on the job.

The Walton County Sheriff's Office officials found out about the deputy's misconduct on Tuesday morning, and the incident was immediately investigated, according to a social media report from the Sheriff's Office.

The incident was immediately investigated by the agency, which confirmed the deputy improperly used his position.

The deputy apparently used his personal phone while off duty on Dec. 18 to make a romantic gesture toward the woman by inquiring about her personal life, according to spokeswoman Corey Dobridnia.

Dobridnia said the deputy was on a probationary period and had already been reprimanded previously for job performance issues.

The deputy, who worked for the organization less than a year, was called in Wednesday morning. He turned in his badge and weapon before being escorted out of the administrative offices.

“The position of a sheriff deputy is held to a higher standard and is one that requires trust,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “This individual’s blatant disregard of his oath will not be ignored and that is why swift action was taken.”