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Officials: Seneca police chief's son accused of stealing drugs from jail

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Adam Covington (Source: Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office) Adam Covington (Source: Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office)
SENECA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The State Law Enforcement Division said they have arrested a Seneca reserve officer who is also the son of the police chief after they said he stole pills from the Oconee County jail while on duty.

According to arrest warrants, Adam Covington, 26, was charged with misconduct in office and theft of a controlled substance.

Warrants state that Covington stole 30 hydrocodone pills from someone at the Oconee County Detention Center for his own use. The theft happened Jan. 5 while he was on duty as a reserve officer with the Seneca Police Department, according to SLED.

SLED spokesperson Thom Berry said Covington obtained the pills from a woman who had been arrested and was not a detention center employee.

According to the police department's website, reserve officers have equal authority while on duty as a full-time officer and serve on a volunteer basis after completing state-mandated training and must maintain their hours and training to remain certified.

City Attorney Michael Smith told FOX Carolina News that Covington was suspended at an earlier date pending the outcome of the investigation.

Covington then resigned on Wednesday, Smith said. 

Smith confirmed to FOX Carolina that Covington is the son of Chief John Covington.

FOX Carolina is working to get a statement regarding the arrest from the police department.

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