Sexting scandal within Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office gossip and rumors


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Submitted: Tue, 09/17/2013 - 5:37pm By:

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — We’ve gotten a multitude of emails and texts alleging that the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has been plagued with an ongoing sexting scandal, resulting in multiple demotions. The Sheriff’s Office says that’s not the case.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff sent us this statement in regard to our inquiry:

“The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has been contacted by two separate media outlets within the past week stating that they have received information regarding 9-10 Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Deputies being involved in inappropriate texting/emailing within the past 30-60 days.

“No adverse personnel actions have been taken against any deputy for inappropriate texting/emails.”

33 Comments

  • LOL Yeah Right says:

    Ingram is no better than his deputies.. HE COVERS UP FOR, AND IS PART OF ALL THEIR LIES!! You cant tell me a boss doesnt know what is going on under his own roof. If you think Ingram is all that, more power to you and the rest of the crazy people in Brunswick County Sheriff’s office.

  • RetiredLE says:

    Before I comment on the article, I would first like to comment on the posts on this board. Please read your post before you hit send! I have spotted more grammar errors, misspellings, and unreadable post, that it has actually made me stop reading the post.
    I understand hitting the wrong keys occasionally. Try using spell check, or turn auto correct off if it is placing incorrect words in your post.

    I am a retired LEO from a department that has many, many more officers than Brunswick Co. Sheriffs Department. I retired here because of the beaches and the slow pace of things. After moving here, the first thing that stuck out to me was the many little police departments. It seemed like every little community had it’s own department. I suppose it could be considered a friendly department, but to me it seemed to be redundant services, and a waste of money. Some of the real small departments actually had the sheriffs department take over handling calls for service when no one was working. Quaint!! If they can take off and have another department handle their calls, they are not needed. Just pay the county to come in and take over that services.

    I would never get involved in the politics that occur inside of a police department. It is usually small differences of opinions between the head of the department and the officers. But the things that are happening in this department are not small problems. There seems to be many problems that fester until they become painful and you must do something. I suppose that is what happened between the female deputy and her friend. I was rather surprised to read that some don’t consider it a major problem. I must disagree. It is obvious that this was a little more than a small text picture sent to a boyfriend. Regardless of the actual picture, the problem is now the deputy has left herself open to the possibility of the picture being used against her. Suppose the image was to fall into unwanted hands. I might be able to threaten the use of the picture unless she do whatever I wanted, not to exclude looking the other way why I commit a crime, or distribute illegal drugs and deal in narcotics. Believe me it does happen. While I don’t care for many of the actions that have been taken by the Sheriff, I am with him on this one. First the phone is property of the department. It is no less a tool than your service weapon. It is not for you to be texting images of body parts. If that was not enough, when caught, she lied. The Sheriff must have the trust of his deputies, or he is not worth being Sheriff. He must have the trust to give an order and not worry about it being followed. It is not just in law enforcement but in any organization, that subordinates must follow directions and be honest. If you can not be trusted, your authority as a law enforcement officer is lost. Suppose months or years pass, and you make an arrest in a big drug seizure. You are on the witness stand and the defense attorney ask you if you have ever lied. You say no. Then the sheriff is questioned if he has ever had an occasion to disbelieve this deputy. The Sheriff will either have to lie about the deputies honesty, or risk losing the case when he has to testify that the deputy was suspected of inappropriate actions, and when caught, the deputy lied. The deputy, the department, and the sheriff would lose the respect that is necessary in law enforcement. In court your honesty is the only thing that is in evidence. In law enforcement many times the only thing separating the accused, and the officer is he record of honesty. I would never have a liar on my squad, shift, or precinct. In law enforcement you are only as good as your word. Once lost you need to find another job while all of the personnel left behind will now be viewed as less than honest, despite how honest you are. It can take years to erase an image of being dirty from the court officials, while being looked at as less than honest by the public.

  • BC28451 says:

    Sheriff Ingram will not tolerate liars. I’m willing to bet someone didn’t tell the whole truth and found themselves seeking employment elsewhere.

  • RetiredLE says:

    Before I comment on the article, I would first like to comment on the posts on this board. Please read your post before you hit send! I have spotted more grammar errors, misspellings, and unreadable post, that it has actually made me stop reading the post.
    I understand hitting the wrong keys occasionally. Try using spell check, or turn auto correct off if it is placing incorrect words in your post.

    I am a retired LEO from a department that has many, many more officers than Brunswick Co. Sheriffs Department. I retired here because of the beaches and the slow pace of things. After moving here, the first thing that stuck out to me was the many little police departments. It seemed like every little community had it’s own department. I suppose it could be considered a friendly department, but to me it seemed to be redundant services, and a waste of money. Some of the real small departments actually had the sheriffs department take over handling calls for service when no one was working. Quaint!! If they can take off and have another department handle their calls, they are not needed. Just pay the county to come in and take over that services.

    I would never get involved in the politics that occur inside of a police department. It is usually small differences of opinions between the head of the department and the officers. But the things that are happening in this department are not small problems. There seems to be many problems that fester until they become painful and you must do something. I suppose that is what happened between the female deputy and her friend. I was rather surprised to read that some don’t consider it a major problem. I must disagree. It is obvious that this was a little more than a small text picture sent to a boyfriend. Regardless of the actual picture, the problem is now the deputy has left herself open to the possibility of the picture being used against her. Suppose the image was to fall into unwanted hands. I might be able to threaten the use of the picture unless she do whatever I wanted, not to exclude looking the other way why I commit a crime, or distribute illegal drugs and deal in narcotics. Believe me it does happen. While I don’t care for many of the actions that have been taken by the Sheriff, I am with him on this one. First the phone is property of the department. It is no less a tool than your service weapon. It is not for you to be texting images of body parts. If that was not enough, when caught, she lied. The Sheriff must have the trust of his deputies, or he is not worth being Sheriff. He must have the trust to give an order and not worry about it being followed. It is not just in law enforcement but in any organization, that subordinates must follow directions and be honest. If you can not be trusted, your authority as a law enforcement officer is lost. Suppose months or years pass, and you make an arrest in a big drug seizure. You are on the witness stand and the defense attorney ask you if you have ever lied. You say no. Then the sheriff is questioned if he has ever had an occasion to disbelieve this deputy. The Sheriff will either have to lie about the deputies honesty, or risk losing the case when he has to testify that the deputy was suspected of inappropriate actions, and when caught, the deputy lied. The deputy, the department, and the sheriff would lose the respect that is necessary in law enforcement. In court your honesty is the only thing that is in evidence. In law enforcement many times the only thing separating the accused, and the officer is he record of honesty. I would never have a liar on my squad, shift, or precinct. In law enforcement you are only as good as your word. Once lost you need to find another job while all of the personnel left behind will now be viewed as less than honest, despite how honest you are. It can take years to erase an image of being dirty from the court officials, while being looked at as less than honest by the public.

  • jj says:

    In the past when the male deputies would cheat on their wife, they were promoted to Lieutenant. This has been going on for a long time.

  • Guestex says:

    It wasn’t just Dispatchers they did it with. Some was with the district attorney office. So, if the Deputies would lie to their wife’s you know they would lie to a jury and Judge.

  • meomy says:

    One of the deputies was promoted after sleeping with my now exwife who was a 911 dispatcher. I contacted the Sheriff and met with Internal Affairs. They both were using government issued technology to communicate with each other while he was on duty.

  • sandy says:

    Well well well! Doesnt this new info make you look like a moron! http://www.wwaytv3.com/2013/09/18/brunswick-deputy-fired-after-ex-spouse-confronts-her-photos-of-mens-genitalia you seem to be the clucking hen now lol

  • Lynda1 says:

    Really? The behavior at the Sheriff’s Office has been going on for years. This office is a place where inappropriate communications and relationships are commonplace – from the top of the chain to the bottom and everywhere in between. This isn’t anything new – it was going on back in the 70’s and has continued to the present. Cell phones and computers have just created another dimension to an already immoral situation. It would be wonderful if the Sheriff’s Office didn’t resemble Peyton Place, but that would be unreal. At this point, some of the staff should sign on for a reality show – it definitely would fit the bill.

  • tke1 says:

    If you actually KNOW that this or any other scandal is going on at the Sheriff’s Office or any other agency, how about presenting those facts to the Sheriff or any involved department head instead of making yourself feel big with all your innuendoes and vague accusations. Anyone can SAY that scandals are going on. If you are not willing to prove your statements just stay in your basement and play on the computer.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    You have no clue what happens in the Sheriff’s office. You are just another cackling hen…Cluck cluck cluck. Are you just a little bit upset that no one bothers sexting you?

  • annoyed says:

    Amazing! The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has an incredible public relations department. Their spokesperson(s)certainly have an ability to “squash” important information that should be made public. They seem to be able to deflect certain investigative reports. I think the news media should start looking further and asking more questions of the actions reported about Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputies. The “mouthpiece machine” of the Sheriff’s Department needs to be looked at more closely and their responses not taken at face value and easily dismissed.

  • fed up says:

    One fired and several demoted and yet the deny. I hope the media stays on this.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Why are you fed up? How has this affected you? Just another busy body. Who was fired and who was demoted? You have absolutely no clue do you? Do you think this kind of behavior is found only in the Sheriff’s dept? It goes on in all places of work. Grow up and tend to your own damn business.

  • fed up says:

    Grand ole party, evidently you don’t have a clue or maybe you do but are afraid for the truth to be told. We’ll see who knows what they are talking abiut when this breaks wide open and the sheriff stops lying about it. Its pretty comical because everyone there is referring to it as “weiny-gate”. And yes one was fired for lying when asked about it and a few demoted but you were safe as long as you were Single. Check it out!! No lying here just fed up with Ingram and his crookedness.

  • More people should be fed up! No this kind of behavior isn’t only found in the Sheriff’s department but they should be setting an example for everyone else. Plus, this is the citizen’s business, or is this department above being criticized? If I remember correctly, Ronald Hewett was condemned. So, I wonder if you minded your own business during Ronald’s downfall? LET THE PEOPLE OF BRUNSWICK COUNTY SPEAK!!!!!

  • Observer says:

    There is a huge difference between Innapropriate/immoral/unethical behavior by a clerk at Walmart and a law enforcement officer who has the power to arrest you, shoot you or testify to a jury to try to convict you.

  • Vog46 says:

    It doesn’t mater if this goes on in all places of work now does it?
    If it’s going on in the BC Sheriff’s office then we have a problem – as the sheriff is held in high regard by most Christians and gun owners.
    If it turns out that his department is staffed by a bunch of perverts then they need to fire them all (Including him).
    But I doubt the story is true, at the moment….

    Vog

  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    Maybe the concern (GOP) comes from “their tax dollars don’t pay the salary of the Shoe Store Manager where this goes on, as well as in the Sheriff’s Dept.”
    Did you write your comments with a Crayon by any chance?

  • fellow taxpayer says:

    Everyone of you “concerned citizens” can say what you would like but unless you are directly involved all you are doing is speculating. I have first hand knowledge of the situation and there was not a big sexting scandal. ONE seperated deputy and ONE other deputy were texting one another. The seperated deputy’s estranged husband was stalking her and harassing her before he ever discovered that her and the other deputy were talking. The “texting” did not occur while she was living with her husband. One other person got demoted for soliciting pictures from several other deputies which were never fulfilled to my knowledge and when the phones were “dumped” that situation came to light. That’s all from that situation. There was no big “sexting” scandal. Everyone does something they are not proud of. Law Enforcement officers are still human and still make mistakes just like everyone else. How would you feel if every mistake you make was made public for all to see. I bet each one of you have skeletons in your closets as well. Im sure your going to say well I dont work in a career warranting public trust. But indeed you do even if you are a worker at McDonald’s you want to trust that they are doing their job and you trust them to do it right. Everyone works with the public with the exception of a very few careers.

  • annoyed says:

    You are somewhat correct in your post however working in a public service job, you are and will be held to a higher standard. You are minimizing the situation, which everyone, including you, know is far larger than you are making it out to be. You have to let the chips/blame fall where they may, those involved will have to be responsible and atone for their actions—but the citizens of Brunswick County need to know the truth and proper repercussions will have to follow. If it means a “house cleaning”…then so be it! There are plenty of people out there looking for employment. Let us hope that the BLET will finally be more rigid in their qualification standards. So far they haven’t been

  • Truth says:

    This didn’t come from nowhere. An upset and outraged husband found nude pictures of males that were sent to his wife and after much investigation, the truth came out that she was sexting deputies within the BCSO–some married men. Sad but true. Yes, the husband was disorderly and arrested for it but who wouldn’t be disorderly after learning about such?

  • In the Know says:

    Hmmmmm, what about the dispatchers the sheriff has now? Texting from their computers to married officers, now one is living with that married officer that has left his wife. Has the Sheriff addressed that yet?

  • Anonymous says:

    Exactly. What about that? I know the married couple well and she needs her husband home. It’s time the department handles situations and occurrences like this.

  • BCSO ex wife says:

    As a former wife of a BCSO, this is no surprise. It has been going on for years. Living the life for over 10 years and knowing first hand, it almost seems that having an inappropriate relationship and cheating is required to work there. It was a big reason my marriage ended. It is happening from the top to bottom. Ingram seems to finally be doing something about it, as he should have years ago. I have to say that Im sure it happens across the board at other work places, but “cops” in general seem to cheaters, they believe they are invisible!

  • BCSO ex wife says:

    I did have proof and showed it to John Ingram several times, but he didnt get “involved in personal matters” even when it was within this department.

  • Truth says:

    Come on, people do make things up but not this far fetched out of the clear blue sky. Those involved were punished by being fired or demoted. For those who were more involved or not truthful, the punishment was a bit worse but nevertheless, these rumors have some truth behind it. This happens everywhere though so no need to think bad of the SO. It happens in area schools, hospitals,etc. The SO is not obsolete from this behavior. Sexting is not illegal. It is the morals behind it and there’s more to these cases than what this report is showing. Especially considering the spokesperson denied the allegations. Sounds like some of the spouses of those caught sexting came forth.

  • Guest 123456 says:

    I hope most realize that anything related to a demotion, transfer or termination is public record including the alleged text messages and pictures. Freedom of information act…. If requested they would have to provide them or at least should. Im pretty certain they would be lost or deleted. All the above accusations were uncovered after “Dumping” cell phones used by certain deputies. All phones issued by the Brunswick County are government property. Allegedly certain phones were “dumped’ by Internal Affairs after receiving complaints from a Deputies Husband who had been accused of having several extramarital affairs within the department.”Dumping” is a method of finding any memory on a hard drive including that of a cell phone even if it’s been deleted. All text messages, calls, pictures, chats and face book. Once the information was recovered disinaplanary action was issued to some but not all. Some of the supervisors of the alleged deputy were involved but with no disciplinary action taken. Some lower ranking deputies were either fired, transferred or demoted..Basically people of rank, relatives of County commissioners etc were given a free pass….

  • PublicAvenger says:

    Another “how dumb can you get ?”, moment. Brought to you by, a very small percentage, of otherwise, very professional department.

  • not surprised says:

    I dont know why everyone is so shocked.

    THIS IS NOT THE WORST THING THEY DO THERE.. just one of many things.

  • annoyed says:

    WWAY, you really need to dig deeper into this story and not let it drop because some “mouthpiece” with the BCSD told you there was nothing to the rumors. Be responsible reporters and get off your butts and do some investigative interviews instead of just making a phone call to the Sheriff’s office. PLEASE!!!!

  • Guest123456 says:

    Im not the only guest123456 but i have a different view from them
    So you see online someone being accused of something: grab your pitch forks and chase them down bc guess who they are guilty. So you smear a persons name without proof ( not hearsay ) but real proof and just say well if they can prove they didnt do it then i will stop. WOW great thinking people, has this world been dumb-down? I dont care what has been done in the past, I dont care what goes on in their home or bank accounts… untill I see proof then it did not happen. Sorry to be honist and uphold my own personal integrity…what are all of you now TMZ reporters ( that was not just for WWAy but For the pitch fork holders out there ) and no , i dont work there, i dont have anyone close to me that works there, I do know a few but I could care less what they do in their own time.

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    You ask, “…….has this world been dumb-down ?

    I think that the spelling, grammar and punctuation, in your post, is an indication that it has.

    Wilmington Observer

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