South Carolina: Deputy investigated over sex act accusation

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy who was fired after a woman said he forced her to perform a sex act is under investigation by South Carolina’s top law enforcement agency.

Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell released a statement Sunday saying the deputy was fired June 13 when the allegation emerged.

Thom Berry, a spokesman with the State Law Enforcement Division, confirms that agency is investigating.

The name of the deputy wasn’t released.

State Rep. Justin Bamberg, who represents the woman, says the incident happened when deputies responded to a domestic call in Cordova on June 12.

Bamberg says one deputy remained outside with the woman’s boyfriend while another was inside with the woman. The attorney says that deputy allegedly threatened to jail her boyfriend unless she performed a sex act.