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TPD homicide detective under federal criminal investigation

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Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston, who is working at a crime scene in this file photo, is under federal investigation. Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston, who is working at a crime scene in this file photo, is under federal investigation.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

8 On Your Side has learned the feds are investigating one of Tampa police department's homicide detectives.

It's another stunner for a law enforcement agency that's suffered its share of scandal.

Officer Eric Houston finds himself on administration leave.  he is the subject of a criminal investigation.

Houston along with several detectives investigated the Julie Schenecker crime scene in New Tampa in 2011.

Schenecker is accused of shooting her two teenaged children because she told investigators, they were mouthy.

On April 10, the Tampa police department notified Eric Houston that he is the subject of an active federal criminal investigation.

Neither TPD nor the Hillsborough County State Attorney's office claim to know the nature of the federal investigation. 

Houston was placed on administrative leave at the time he was notified of the of the federal inquiry.

Last October, police chief Jane Castor announced she had fired Houston's wife, La Joyce, a 16 year veteran of the department. 

La Joyce Houston was charged with welfare fraud and grand theft.  Investigators claim she and her relatives used the food stamp card of an inmate at the Hillsborough county jail.

At the time of the arrest, it did not appear Eric Houston was involved or had any knowledge of his wife's actions. 

State Attorney spokesman Mark cox says in a situation like this, prosecutors are obligated to alert all defendants and defense attorneys when a cop involved in their case in is trouble or under investigation. 

Cox says the state attorney's office is now looking internally into all of the cases in which Eric Houston is involved. 

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