Report: PBSO deputy charged with rape ‘checked in’ on woman after call

    • Olivia Hitchcock
    • Hannah Winston

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

12:04 p.m Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 Palm Beach County Crime

11:30 a.m. UPDATE: A Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy responded to a disturbance call in July, according to a sheriff’s office report.

That deputy, Jason Bryon Nebergall, 38, told the woman involved in the disturbance he’d come back later to check on her.

When he returned, he forced himself on her. Nebergall, a nine-year veteran with the sheriff’s office, is facing two counts of sexual battery as a result.

The woman had been fighting with her landlord, according to Nebergall’s arrest report. He reportedly told the woman, “You look pretty. You don’t look like you been beat up twice.”

Nebergall offered to check on her later.

He came back to the home later that day, wearing his uniform, and grabbed the woman by the hair, the report states. He kissed her and commented on her breasts.

Nebergall pressed himself against the woman and asked if she “felt it,” referencing his genitalia. Then he told her to kiss it.

The woman told investigators he tried to penetrate her, but he told her he couldn’t do it without a condom.

So he zipped his pants up, kissed her and said he would check on her again later, the report said.

Nebergall didn’t threaten her, the woman told investigators, but “she was scared of him because of what he could do to her,” the report said.

The deputy told investigators he did meet with the woman during the disturbance, but denied touching her.

A lab report released in October confirmed DNA found on the woman’s buttocks was Nebergall’s, the report said.

UPDATE, 10:30 a.m.: The Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy who is accused of rape has been on paid administrative leave since July, the same month the alleged crime occurred, the sheriff’s office said.

Jason Bryon Nebergall, 38, is a nine-year veteran with the sheriff’s office. He worked in the central part of the county, the sheriff’s office said.

His attorney told a judge Thursday morning Nebergall has been cooperative with the investigation since July. A judge ordered that he not possess weapons or have contact with anyone under the age of 18.

UPDATE, 10:05 a.m.: The Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy who is accused of rape was in his uniform when the crime allegedly happened, according to the State Attorney’s Office.

A judge ordered Jason Bryon Nebergall be held in the Palm Beach County Jail on a $100,000 bond. He is facing two counts of sexual battery.

The state attorney asked a judge for a high bond because Nebergall was “in a position of trust with the victim” when the alleged rapes occurred, the attorney said in court Thursday.

Nebergall’s attorney told a judge Thursday the 38-year-old is an active member of the United States Air Force.

Judge Caroline Shepherd ordered that Nebergall not possess any weapons, despite his attorney’s objection because it interferes with his work.

UPDATE, 10 a.m.: Jason Bryon Nebergall, the deputy facing two rape charges, won a Combat Action Medal in fiscal year 2014, according to the sheriff’s office fiscal year 2015-16 budget proposal.

Combat Action Medals are awarded to deputy sheriffs who “participated in hostile action or action during which they were under fire, or threat of harm, and their performance while under this condition was exemplary and with a brave spirit,” according to a post about the 2013 sheriff’s office employees award ceremony.

Voter registration information shows Nebergall, 38, lives west of Lake Worth.

UPDATE, 9:40 a.m.: The Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy facing two counts of sexual battery is on paid administrative leave, the sheriff’s office said.

Jason Bryon Nebergall, 38, faces two counts of sexual battery stemming from an incident July 21, according to court records.

Florida law defines sexual battery as non-consensual oral, anal or vaginal penetration, more commonly known as rape.

ORIGINAL POST: A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a rape charge, county jail records show.

Jason Bryon Nebergall, 38, was booked into the jail shortly before 4:30 p.m., records show. The nine-year sheriff’s office veteran faces a charge of sexual assault on a person older than 18, without physical force, jail records show.


Nebergall does not have a booking photo, nor does his public booking list his home address. He is scheduled to appear before a judge Thursday morning.

In a statement the sheriff’s office said: “The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office holds its employees to the highest standards and never forgets about its duty to preserve the public’s trust. Unfortunately sometimes an employee makes a bad decision which leads to misconduct. This misconduct was reported, investigated and subsequently determined to be criminal in nature, resulting in the charges. The sheriff’s office will remain vigilant to insure that our efforts are professional and meet the high standards that the public has come to expect.”

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