33 Comments for this article

Tags: , ,

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.”

Comment on this Story

  • RetiredLE

    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.

  • RetiredLE

    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.

  • LOL Yeah Right

    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.

  • jj

    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.

  • BC28451

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

Related News