The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) wasted little time in launching its criminal investigation into misconduct allegations involving deputies of the Chesterfield county sheriff’s office, multiple sources familiar with the status of the burgeoning inquiry told this news outlet. Among those interviewed on the first full day of the investigation? Chesterfield sheriff James Dixon and reserve deputy Ricky Malloy.
At least one other officer was interviewed, we are told – and SLED is reportedly in possession of several electronic devices containing information relevant to the inquiry.
Yet to be brought in for questioning? The three law enforcement personnel who were fired by Dixon earlier this month in connection with the graphic sexual allegations which first triggered this inquiry.
But those interviews are coming, we are told …
What initiated all of this?
As we first reported earlier this week, the three officers fired by Dixon allegedly became involved with the subject of a federal narcotics and firearms investigation. According to our sources, the officers (one male and two females) were allegedly exchanging sexual favors with the suspect – Greg Evans (a.k.a. “New York”).
Not only that, Evans was reportedly the beneficiary of information connected to his case including “criminal histories, reports, warnings” as well as information on the individual law enforcement assets who were investigating him – including where these officers lived and where their children went to school.
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Sources within the department also tell us that records contained in a federal database may have been improperly accessed – and potentially modified.
Evans allegedly ratted the three officers out after he was taken into custody by agents of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
That revelation apparently started something of a chain reaction …
At least one of the officers implicated by Evans indicated they were in possession of incriminating information related to other Chesterfield sheriff’s office personnel. Some of this incriminating information has already been provided to the media, while other information is said to be forthcoming.
All of the information has apparently been turned over to SLED. In fact, we are told SLED investigators were reportedly already in possession of some of this information in connection with a previous investigation into a female Chesterfield deputy.
Bottom line? This case is a mess … and it is clearly going to get a lot messier before it gets cleaned up.
While no decision has been made at this point, we have been told S.C. fourth circuit solicitor Will Rogers is likely to refer the decision over whether to file any state charges in this case to the office of S.C. attorney general Alan Wilson. We are also told at least one of the Chesterfield officers could face federal charges in connection with the investigation.
Stay tuned …
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