SC deputy fired, charged for forcing woman to perform oral sex on him, threatening to arrest boyfriend

Former South Carolina sheriff's deputy Dereck Johnson, 35,  was charged with felony misconduct in officeA former sheriff’s deputy in South Carolina has been charged after a woman claims she performed a sex act when he threatened to arrest her boyfriend. 

Dereck Johnson, 35, was charged with felony misconduct in office according to a warrant from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. 

Johnson worked as a deputy with the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office before being fired when the allegation surfaced last month.

He appeared in court on Wednesday where he was given a $10,000 personal recognizance bond. That type of bond allows him to go free without having to pay any money up front.

The judge ordered Johnson to stay away from the victim, who has not been publicly named. He was also ordered not to leave the state.

According to WLTX, at the time of the alleged incident Johnson was one of two officers responding to a domestic violence call at their single-wide mobile home in rural Orangeburg County near Interstate 95.

The woman’s boyfriend called police on June 12 after they got into a fight over a social media posting.

When Johnson arrived with the other officer, they separated the couple to collect statements from each of them, which is a standard practice.

A sworn deputy was outside with the boyfriend. A deputy who hadn’t yet completed the state’s criminal justice academy training course — a trainee officer since identified as Dereck Johnson — was inside with the woman.

Once they were alone, the woman told the Associated Press that Johnson gave her the ultimatum: unless she performed oral sex on him, he would take her boyfriend to jail.

‘I started crying,’ she recalled, fighting back tears as she recalls the memory. ‘I kept begging him, ‘No, no.’ He said, ‘If you don’t do it, you’re going to jail, too.”

For the next four minutes, with her 16-year-old daughter sleeping in a bedroom nearby, the woman says Johnson said nothing as he forced her into oral sex.

When it was over, she says, he left her in the house and walked up to her boyfriend, smiling.

‘He looked me in the eye and shook my hand,’ the boyfriend recalled. ‘Who does that?’

The officers left, and the woman was inconsolable. After being filled in, her boyfriend persuaded her to call the authorities again, and a third officer came to take her statement.

Seeing the uniformed deputy arrive, they said, was difficult, given what they’d just been through.

A day after the alleged assault, Sheriff Leroy Ravenell fired Johnson and referred the case to state police, who investigated for more than a month.

In an affidavit released Wednesday, the State Law Enforcement Division said Johnson ‘received oral sex from the female victim’ and had ‘provided a sworn statement with the above details.’

Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell (above) fired Johnson a day after the alleged assault. He referred the case to state police, who investigated for more than a month

Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell (above) fired Johnson a day after the alleged assault. He referred the case to state police, who investigated for more than a month

‘This individual was terminated immediately and the investigation turned over to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division,’ Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said in a statement Wednesday.

‘We fully supported their investigation and the resulting conclusion.’

The attorney representing the woman, Justin Bamberg, said that one deputy remained outside of the home with her boyfriend while the alleged assault happened.

‘My client has been struggling day to day to recover from the traumatic experience that she had at the hands of the officer,’ Bamberg told WLTX.

Bamberg added that the case shows that there are some ‘bad apples’ that need to be removed from the sheriff’s department.

For the past month the woman has struggled with the burden of worrying if anyone would believe her allegation against Johnson.

Now, Bamberg said she feels some relief knowing that Johnson is facing a felony charge for the alleged incident.

At the time of the alleged incident, Johnson was a sworn deputy at the time who hadn’t been through training with the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, Bamberg noted.

In South Carolina, all law officers must go through a 12-week course at the academy, but they have a year from their hire date to complete it, according to academy spokeswoman Florence McCants.

While the academy doesn’t recommend officers do field work without property training, it’s up to each agency as to what they allow untrained officers to do.

Officials with Orangeburg County were unable to provide AP with details on their protocols for trainee officers in the field or say if any mistakes were made the day of the alleged assault.

In a statement, Ravenell said he supported the investigation and charges brought by state police.

The charge against Johnson carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and his next court appearance is scheduled for September 19th.

Source: The DailyMail

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