COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former South Carolina sheriff’s deputy was arrested Wednesday on allegations that he forced a woman to perform a sex act by threatening to arrest her boyfriend if she didn’t comply, the state’s top law enforcement agency said.
Dereck Johnson, 35, was charged by the State Law Enforcement Division with felony misconduct in office, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. That charge carries a possible penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
After the allegation surfaced last month, Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell quickly fired Johnson and asked state police to investigate.
Johnson was one of two officers who responded to a domestic violence call early on the morning of June 12. State Rep. Justin Bamberg, an attorney who represents the woman involved, has said that one deputy remained outside with her boyfriend while Johnson was inside the home with the woman.
According to Bamberg’s client, Johnson then forced the woman to perform oral sex on him, threatening to arrest her boyfriend if she didn’t.
Johnson was expected to have a bond hearing later Wednesday, and it wasn’t known if he had an attorney. Bamberg planned to discuss the charges with reporters before the 2 p.m. hearing.
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