ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office has fired a deputy after allegations were lobbed at him that he forced a woman to perform a sex act on him to keep her boyfriend out of jail.
The woman's attorney, Justin Bamberg, said the woman reported the incident to 911 immediately after it happened on June 12. SLED is investigating the incident.
A statement from Bamberg said the deputy was one of two who responded to a domestic violence call at a home in Cordova involving the woman and her boyfriend. As the boyfriend was outside with the other deputy in a patrol car, the accused deputy was in the house with the woman, and she said he told her if she performed a sex act on him, her boyfriend would not go to jail.
Bamberg said the deputy grabbed the woman and forced her into a back bedroom, where he forced her to perform a sexual act on him. The boyfriend was released.
"This poor woman is traumatized," he said. "There were a lot of things that could have been done, I think, to keep this from happening."
Bamberg said the deputy was new to the department and had not yet been certified by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. The other deputy at the home was a field training officer.
Bamberg also said the woman's teen daughter was at the home at the time of the incident but she was asleep.
"The very next day this officer was fired," Bamberg said Monday afternoon. "It is my understanding that he did not deny that this incident took place."
Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said when allegations were brought to his attention, he fired the deputy and contacted SLED to investigate. The former deputy's name has not been released.
"At this time, it would be inappropriate to comment further since this is an ongoing investigation," Ravenell said in a statement. "We have asked the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to conduct an investigation rather than this agency to avoid any sense of impropriety."
"I must commend the OCSO for immediately stepping in and firing this officer," Bamberg said, "and for immediately calling SLED."
"I believe the officer will be convicted," Bamberg said.