A former decorated Greenville County deputy was arrested on Wednesday following an internal investigation, according to Sheriff Steve Loftis.
Loftis held a press conference to discuss the county's efforts to solve several recent homicides and during the event, he discussed deputy 32-year-old Timothy Jackson's unrelated arrest.
Loftis said an internal investigation revealed Jackson began a physical relationship with a woman he met while investigating an unrelated criminal domestic violence case.
He said Jackson heard that the woman was a wanted felon, used his resources to confirm that info, but he did not arrest her as he is sworn to do. Instead, Loftis said he worked to get her charges dismissed and have relations with her.
"[Jackson] not only failed to arrest the female, but provided her with the reports containing evidence and statements against her in an effort to assist the female in having her charges dismissed," Loftis said.
He said Jackson's relationship with the woman had only lasted about three or four days before other deputies were alerted to it while searching for the wanted woman. Loftis did not say what she was wanted for.
When asked how he personally reacted to Jackson's misconduct, Loftis said he always had and always will hold law enforcement officers to a higher standard.
"They should know right from wrong, but when an incident this egregious is committed, I have no alternative except to do the right thing and that is to conduct the investigation and place charges against deputies where warranted," Loftis said.
"Is it disappointing? Absolutely," he continued. "I hope we never have to do this again, but I want to assure the community if our people are not doing exactly what they're supposed to and are violating the law just like any other criminal, they will be charged."
Jackson turned himself in on Wednesday on charges of misconduct in office and obstructing justice and is awaiting a bond hearing, Loftis said.
He said Jackson was fired on Dec. 28 but criminal charges were not filed until the internal investigation was completed and the solicitor's office thought they were warranted.
Jackson was awarded the Medal of Valor in December for his helping care for a wounded deputy in August. Jackson along with four other deputies were awarded the medal after he helped wrap and treat another deputy who was shot during a struggle with a suspect at the Red Roof Inn on Aug. 13.
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