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South Carolina sheriff’s deputy arrested, fired

March 7, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy in South Carolina has been arrested on charges of misconduct in office and assault and battery.

News outlets reported that Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone fired 35-year-old Deputy Brian Thomas Proffitt of Effingham after his arrest Wednesday.

Investigators say Proffitt is accused of deliberately leaving information out of an incident report around Feb. 1 that might have implicated him in an alleged assault.

Investigators say Proffitt committed an assault on a suspect during an arrest. Proffitt has been on administrative leave during the investigation.

The sheriff did not provide details on the charges.

Proffitt was taken to the Florence County jail. It was not known if he has an attorney yet who could comment on the charges.

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