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Fired deputy makes first court appearance on peeping charge

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A former New Hanover County Sheriff's deputy made his first appearance in court this morning after SBI agents arrested him yesterday. Harold Lamont Fletcher, 37, is charged with one count of secret peeping and one count of indecent liberties with a minor.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says during today's court appearance, a judge granted Fletcher's request for a public defender, but he denied a request to lower Fletcher's bond. Fletcher remains in jail under $15,000 bond.

Fletcher was scheduled to make his first appearance this afternoon, but instead appeared this morning. Brewer says that's because Fletcher is being held in another county's jail for safety reasons. Brewer says protocol also calls for not keeping an arrested officer in a courthouse holding cell. Because of that, Brewer says deputies transported Fletcher to the New Hanover County Courthouse for a morning appearance. They then took him back to jail. Brewer would not say where Fletcher is being held.

Fletcher, who had been with the Sheriff's Office since January 30, 2007, was fired from his job yesterday.

Fletcher's arrest stems from a December 3 criminal complain the Sheriff's Office received. The Sheriff's Office immediately turned the information over to the SBI.

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