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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon demoted two deputies last month for conduct unbecoming. Because it’s personnel, the Sheriff’s Office won’t say what happened.

Today we found the wife of one of the deputies has filed an alienation of affection lawsuit against a New Hanover County detective.

In the lawsuit filed last week, Cheryl Jones says New Hanover County Sheriff’s Det. Gina Turner “woo(ed) and seduce(d)” her husband Dep. Sean Jones. She claims the two had a sexual relationship, even though Turner knew Jones was married.

In another document, Turner’s husband, who lives in Michigan, said he found out Turner was in a relationship with Jones, who was her supervisor at the Sheriff’s Office.

Turner’s husband said his wife would leave their diabetic son at home up to four nights a week to stay with Sean Jones; one time leaving both of their minor children in the middle of the night Dec. 21 and not returning until the early morning hours of Dec. 23.

It’s unclear whether the lawsuit and Jones’s demotion are connected.

On top of losing rank, Jones had his hourly pay docked. A day later, Turner was also disciplined. She was suspended for 40 hours for violating the Sheriff’s Office’s policies on truthfulness and conduct unbecoming.

We reached out to Turner this afternoon for comment. She has not yet returned our calls.

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  • TRENTBAXTER

    WELL,THE NEW PROMOTIONS CAME OUT IN THE DEPARTMENT THIS WK.MR JONES ADC JOB WAS GIVEN TO ANOTHER,THE CAPTAIN SPOT HE WAS UP FOR TWICE IN THE LAST THREE YRS WAS TAKEN AND NOW HE IS A SLICK SLEEVE AFTER 20 SOME YRS. IF YOU DONT FEEL LIKE A FOOL,MR. JONES,YOU SHOULD UNLESS THOSE YRS MEANT NOTHING. AND YOU DID THIS TO BE WITH A WOMAN WITH A BACKGROUND LIKE TURNER.AND TO TOP IT OFF,YOURE A MINISTER.WHAT KIND OF A ROLE MODEL IS THAT? WHO GAVE YOU A LICENSE TO PREACH? THEY SHOULD RETHINK THAT. YOU NEED TO SURRENDER THAT BACK TO THE CHURCH. I FOR ONE INTEND TO FIND OUT WHEN YOU BOTH GO TO COURT SO I CAN HAVE A RINGSIDE SEAT TO SEE YALL GET WHATS COMING. THE SAD THING YOU DONT REALIZE IS YOURE NOT IN TROUBLE FOR WHAT YOU DID ON EARTH,GOD IS WHIPPING YOU FOR GOING AGAINST HIM!BUT I THINK YOU KNOW THAT. GOOD LUCK!

  • tell it

    The probably know your church will speak up and say something to their face. I guess the other church will swipe it under the rug like the department did. I don’t agree with it. I believe if you’re going run to a church looking for absolution you first need to admit what you have done and not continue to lie to everyone around you. They were supposed to be role models for children. Ms. Turner ran the NHSO Explorers when my child was in it. So disappointed.

  • tell it

    Ann Fox you sure do keep popping up. You keep saying this story is a lie and you or nobody else should judge a one sided story, and believe me there is another side; well please my dear post the other side. I see many people asking for it, but all you can say this that we are getting one side. From what I have read on here so far many of the comments are from people who either work with them and or know them. So since you know them so well and know the “other side” share it! Until you or Ms. Turner does, I hope that Ms. Jones wins and I pray those kids won’t have to live with the embarrassment knowing that Ms. Turner and Mr. Jones committed ADULTRY

  • BERTSALSBURY

    WELL I GUESS “STAY HOME” WAS CORRECT IN THEIR STATEMENT OF JONES AND TURNER.THEY HAVE BEEN SHOWING UP IN NEW BEGINNINGS CHURCH FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS,UNTIL THE SUIT WAS FILED ON MS. TURNER.THEY DID NOT SHOW UP THIS PAST SUNDAY.MAYBE THEY GOT THE MESSAGE ABOUT PEOPLE IN NEW BEGINNINGS NOT WANTING THEIR CRAP IN OUR CHURCH.ITS BAD ENOUGH HE IS A PREACHER RUBBING WHAT HES DOING IN GODS FACE!HOW CAN YOU BE SINNING THE NIGHT BEFORE AND RUN TO CHURCH LOOKING FOR ABSOLUTION.IN A SENSE,I GUESS YOU CAN,BUT CAN YOU CONTINUE TO GO AGAINST GOD,AND GET AWAY WITH IT.MAYBE THAT IS SOMETHING FOR YOU TWO SHOULD THINK ABOUT ALONG WITH WHAT YOU ARE TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN.WE KNOW MS TURNERS ANSWER IS TO LEAVE THEM ALONE ,BUT WHATS YOURS REV. JONES!I TAKE THE MINISTERY VERY SERIOUS. AND YOU CALL YOURSELF A CHILD OF GOD!WE OBVIOUSLY DONT SERVE THE SAME ONE.GET HOPE YOU ARE NOT PREACHING NOW,I WOULD NEVER COME HEAR YOU. GOD ALWAYS GIVES YOU THE CHANCE TO GET IT RIGHT!YOUR CALL!(ING)

  • BILLJESSUP

    THIS IS A CASE OF WHOS RIGHT AND WHOS WRONG.MR.JONES AND MS TURNER KNOW WHAT THEY DID.SO DOES GOD!HE IS THE REAL JUDGE IN ALL OF THIS.THEIR FATE WILL NOT BE DECIDED ON EARTH,THAT WILL BE MANS DECISION.IF MS JONES AND MR TURNER HAVE PROOF,IT WILL BE REVEALED.IT WAS SAID MS.JONES WAS MARRIED 17 YRS. SHE WONT BE A LOSER EVEN IF SHE DOESNT WIN THE SUIT. HER EX WILL BE TAKING CARE OF HER ANYWAY.ALIMONY,401K,PENSION,AND WITH A LITTLE LUCK,ADULTRY WILL BRING HER MORE.BOTH OF THEM ARE MUD AT THE SHERIFFS OFFICE,EVERYONE FROM HERE TO THE NEXT COUNTY KNOWS ABOUT THEM,AND MR JONES IS A MINISTER.BUT THEY BOUGHT THIS UPON THEMSELVES.

  • PHILPBUNN

    AI AGREE NO ONE SHOULD TELL ANYONE TO STAY AWAY FROM CHURCNN FOX,YOU SEEM TO KNOW ALOT ABOUT THIS STORY. HOW DO YOU KNOW ITS A LIE? THEY TOLD YOU. YOU ARE RIGHT,THERE IS TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY,THATS WHY A SUIT WAS FILED. DID YOU NOT COMPREHEND THIS MAN IS A MINISTER OR DID HE NOT TELL YOU THAT. WHAT CHURCH DO YOU GO TO? WHAT ARE MINISTERS EXPECTED TO DO? SLEEP WITH WOMEN THEY ARE NOT MARRIED TO WHILE HE IS MARRIED.WOULD YOU WANT HIM PREACHING AT YOUR CHURCH? THIS WOMAN LEFT HER CHILDREN HOME ALONE.MR TURNER MUST KNOW SOMETHING.THEY BOTH LIED TO THE SHERIFF AND HE PUNISHED THEM! THERE ARE SOME LIES HERE,EVERYONE WILL KNOW WHEN THEY GO TO COURT.

  • Larry

    Do unto others as you would have done unto you.

  • ann fox

    Stay home, Who gives you the right to tell someone to stay home from church! You must not be a true Christian if you are trying to keep people from Church and hearing the word of God. This story is a lie and you or nobody else should judge a one sided story, and believe me there is another side. Maybe someone should email the church pastor and let him know how someone from his church is sending messages such as yours!

  • JAMESPARSONS

    MR.JONES,I HOPE ALL OF THIS HAS BEEN WORTH IT TO YOU FOR YOU TO BE WILLING TO GO AGAINST GOD AS A REVEREND SPEAKS FORITSELF. WHY DID YOU BOTHER TO GO INTO THE MINSITERY IF YOU KNEW YOU WOULD NOT FOLLOW GODS WORD ! AND YOU DID IT FOR A WOMAN!DO YOU NOT KNOW OF HIS WRATH.IF YOU DONT,YOU WILL I DONT THINK I WOULD WANT TO BE INVOLVED WITH A WOMAN WHO COULD STEER ME AWAY FROM GOD!BUT THAT WAS YOUR CHOICE,YOU KNEW RIGHT FROM WRONG,I HOPE, EVIDENTLY YOU WERE ONLY THINKING OF YOURSELF,SO DONT BLAME YOUR EX-WIFE FOR WHAT YOU DONE.BE A MAN,LIKE THE OTHER DEMOTED LIEUTENANT AND SUCK IT UP=YOU WILL EARN BACK RESPECT ONE DAY! PRAY!

  • Dave On Keyboard

    I guess a cat’s gonna be a cat. Even if you give him a badge.

  • Debbie

    Our church is for sinner’s not Saint’s & we are suppose to leave the judgment of other’s to the good Lord. Please try to ease up on condemning other’s. I can only hope the rest of the members of Lifepoint Church do not feel as you do. There is no one who walks this earth that is without sin.

  • franny

    It’s not slander when it’s the truth…Mrs. Jones and Mr. Turner are right for suing their spouse for alienation of affection! For Sean to be a minister/ man of God and committing adultery while married, I hope he burns and get what’s coming to him!

  • JOE

    THE ENTIRE LEADERSHIP OF THE SHERIFFS OFFICE AND THE WILMINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT NEED TO BE THROWN OUT. IT’S SAD THAT THE ONLY PERSON RUNNING AGAINST THE SHERIFF IS JASON VAUGHN. VAUGHN COULDN’T WIN AN ELECTION AGAINST DAFFY DUCK. THIS SHOULDN’T BE A SHOCKER, AS THIS IS THE SAME COMMUNITY THAT’S ELECTED BERGER TO THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS A FEW TIMES. THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS REALLY TO BLAME FOR LEAVING THESE CROOKS IN OFFICE. THE SIMPLETONS ARE THE MAJORITY IN THIS AREA! UNTIL PEOPLE WITH SOME COMMON SENSE GET FED UP AND PUT THE BOOZE AND PILLS DOWN, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE THE SAME CROOKS IN CONTROL.

  • NHCSO

    This doesn’t just happen at NHCSO and the Officers there. It happen at other SO’s and with other department in the County. Like the DA office as well. SO Officers think they are gifts to woman and they really don’t care who they hurt.

    I hope she wins the lawsuit.

  • SAMELLIS

    THERE IS ANOTHER UNTRUTH THAT NEEDS TO BE CLEARED.THE JONESES ARE DIVORCED. IT IS A GOOD THING GOD REMOVED HER FROM THIS MESS BEFORE IT CAME OUT.IF SHE HAS THE PROOF AND IM SURE SHE DOES TO FILE A SUIT,THEN I SAY GO FOR IT MS JONES.HOLD YOUR HEAD UP AND STAND STRONG.MR TURNER ALSO MUST HAVE PROOF TO SAY SHE LEFT THE KIDS ALONE.AND THESE TWO PEOPLE ARE COPS?

  • stay home

    Sunday is approaching so I decided I would put in my two cents. I see you at church pretend as if you are someone are not. After seeing this report I am embarrassed not for you, but for your children. What kind of a role model are you setting for them? Committing adultery is wrong! Honestly I would rather not see you at lifepoint church, I take my marriage oath, my family, and my church very seriously and I don’t want it turned into your circus.

  • GALEHARRISS

    WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO?YOU CANT EVEN TRUST THE CLERGY ANYMORE? THIS MAN IS A MINISTER WHO TOOK ANOTHER OATH TO GOD TO BE LIKE HIM AND UPHOLD IS WORD. HE LEFT A GREAT CHURCH AND PASTOR(WHOM HE USED TO GET A LICENSE)AND THE PROCEEDED TO PREACH UNDER HIS NAME AND THEN TURN AROUND AND DO THE OPPOSITE. HE THEN SHOWS UP IN NEW BEGINNINGS CHURCH THINKING NO ONE WOULD KNOW HE IS A MINISTER(WE KNEW WHEN HE FIRST STARTED COMING)WELL HE CAME TO THE RIGHT PLACE. OUR PASTOR JUST LIKE HIS FORMER PASTOR,DOES NOT TOLERATE GOING AGAINST GOD.HE BELIEVES IN MARRIAGE AND NOT ADULTRY. WE DID A EASTER PLAY AND A LOT OF THE CONGREGATION DID NOT APPROVE OF HIM TAKING A PART IN A THAT SACRED PLAY. I WAS ASHAMED TO SEE HIM IN IT. BUT I GUESS CAMPBELL WAS TRYING TO SEE THE GOOD IN HIM. WE SHOULD NOT JUDGE. BUT THE RECENT EVENTS ARE TOO MUCH!NOW THEY ARE IN CHURCH ACTING LIKE THEY DID NOTHING WRONG. THEY BOTH DESERVE WHATS COMING THEIR WAY.GOOD THING GOD GRANTS MERCY.

  • SurfCityTom

    like I said, she should get a new lawyer.

    Juries have ruled in favor of the deceived marriage partner when 2 co-workers engage in extra marital affairs and 1 of the 2 is a superior.

    At least 3 Fortune 500 CEOS were forced out over these types of shennanigans.

    And the insurance carrier for NHC and the Sheriff’s Dept will be ready to settle out of court before the gavel comes down to call the court to order.

  • Just Greg

    This never happens in Mayberry.

  • Giggles McGee

    If Mrs. turner was worried about her reputation and had the desire to clear her name, she wouldn’t have hesitated to return a reporters phone call. Seems like a cut and dry case of Mrs. jones calling a spade a spade… Or in this case. A h*e!

  • Mytwocentsworth

    Sadly several LEOs get their integrity from the badge they wear instead of bringing integrity to the badge. They have the mindset that they can do as they wish and everyone should respect and fear them because they have a badge and gun. No integrity=no morals, this is a classic example!

  • FED UP

    ANN FOX,WHAT TRUTHS SHOULD MR TURNER AND MS JONES BE ASHAMED OF. THEY WERE THE ONES CHEATED ON YOU MUST BE NOT MARRIED OR DONT KNOW GOD!WHY SHOULDNT THE MEDIA AIR THIS. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO WERE SWORN TO UPHOLD THE LAW.THIS WOMAN LEFT HER CHILDREN ALONE TO HAVE SEX.WHAT PLANET ARE YOU ON!SURELY THEY HAVE PROOF OF THESE ALLEGATIONS OR THEY WOULD BE NO SUIT.YOUR MORALS ARE NO BETTER THAN THEIRS.NOBODY HAS TO CHEAT! THAT IS A CHOICE.THERE IS A RIGHT AND WRONG WAY TO DO EVERYTHING.DID YOU NOT KNOW MR JONES IS A REVEREND PREACHING AGAINST ADULTRY.MS TURNER DIDNT NEED HELP SLANDERING HER NAME. ITS BEEN OUT THERE SINCE LAST YEAR AND IN THE SHERIFFS OFFICE FOR MESSING WITH PEOPLES HUSBANDS. I WORK THERE! I KNOW!BE CAREFUL WHO YOU STAND UP FOR! DO YOU KNOW HER? I THINK NOT

  • Craig Allen

    Your honor, he be deformed my and my character. I say I say I say my character dang nabbit wabbit!
    Just about as much of a joke as those characters in this story who are being sued for deforming he character I suppose..

  • Dee Nile

    We are waiting for the other side of the story to be told, but like the report states Det. Turner hasn’t returned the reporters call to be interviewed. Why is that? You seem to know them so well? It seems that others leaving comments may also know one or both of them and some comments sound from in the dept. So by all means tell us or have her tell us her side.

  • VoiceOfReason

    Amen to that. In the Army you would get the BIG CHICKEN DINNER. (Bad Conduct Discharge)

  • Danny Boone

    You are absolutely correct. Sadly it reminds us of the old proverb.. Through tve garden, walked a rake and a hoe…

  • ann fox

    Like I said there are 2 sides to every story,the media hears what it wants to hear. They should be ashamed to air this on the news or at least interview all parties and get both sides before slandering peoples names. Mrs Jones and Mr Turner should be ashamed of themselves and their untruths!

  • ann fox

    My how the media doesn’t tell both sides of the story. Im sure Mrs Jones and Mr Turner have their own faults too! Lets tell the entire story on both sides.This to me looks like Mrs Turner has a good case of deformation of character against Mrs Jones and Mr Turner!

  • guest_6366yahoo.com

    who decides what is moral or not in the absence of a God? Maybe my “morals” are different than yours. How do you decide who is right? Apart from a spiritual belief there is no universal truth that applies to all people. What makes your “truth” apply to anyone else? That would imply that you and your morals (which would really be opinions in this case since it’s just something that is based on your experience rather than anyone can prove is true) are somehow superior to someone else’s and there is no way to measure that.

  • Craig Allen

    Really? So, are we to assume that the Sheriff’s department, full of investigators, and internal affairs found these two guilty for no reason except hearsay and punished both on grounds of a hunch?
    That is hilarious! Ms. Turner was punished by the department after reported thorough investigation, for having been found to be untruthful (some call that dishonest or a liar, albeit from a DETECTIVE???) AND engaging in conduct unbecoming to an officer?
    This means if you did not gather from the first statement, that the Sheriff’s department completed a thorough (complete aka no stone unturned) investigation (think CSI Anne) and after the thorough investigation, found enough evidence to formerly punish Lt and Turner. Next, the news media, reports this, the findings were found to be true and official punishment recorded in personnel history however your opinion is, that this is a joke and the department’s formal investigation and its investigators are not correct, and what was found to have been proven by the department according to reports, to be… false? And your word as a friend of Turner’s is more so accurate than that of investigators how? This is by far, the most humorous thing I have read, seen or heard all year, by far! Ha Ha! “I am sorry detective but your investigation of the detective and confession cannot be taken into account because you are a detective, detective.” Too funny.. Too funny! You should have just said “Just because they committed adultery and lied about it, doesn’t mean they are dishonest and committed adultery”, because it would have been the same thing.

  • NHCSO a joke

    What’s sad ….
    That an LEO officer can be terminated for something as simple as getting into a fight off duty or any of numerous other reasons… But the sheriff allows the department to continuously commit adultery and turns the other cheek. What a disgrace …

  • Old Guy

    Hey Tom,
    Her attorney is better known as “blinky” in the courthouse. When she gets going and upset the eyelids do too. Its amazing she even can find the courthouse door let alone the Law. Just saying. Been against her before and she doesn’t do well against any other lawyer that is better than her. That’s just about anybody else you can think of. Oh well!

  • Unaffiliated

    I certainly hope none of you folks are shocked about this type behavior here.

    They hire and promote a lot of folks that are of questionable character. Look at what just happened to the head of the sheriffs office internal affairs and ethics division. He was indicted for embezzlement! And that’s not his first time being in trouble either! I sure hope the ignorant voters stay away from the polls this November.

    I am shocked this area would even elect a Liberal Democrat sheriff. But why would anybody be surprised about that? Look at our liberal leaders all over destroying everything else we once held dear!
    Please get rid of our Liberal leaders or you can expect this type stuff and lots more. I’m beating a dead horse, we have way too many morons still voting, so just enjoy the show!

  • catchmelater

    I made my vows to my spouse not gods and I have kept them for 22 years. As long as you have morals there is no need for gods.

  • Guestpeaceout

    Its “defamation of character”. Gawd the people around here are ignorant.

  • beach guy

    I have taken two oaths in my life one was an oath of enlistment and the other was an oath before God when I married my Wife 27 years ago.
    I have not broken either.I do not understand how people can stand before God and not take it seriously If you find yourself in a situation that you would be tempted walk away that’s all you have to do just keep your promises,
    Now with the Law enforcement community if you cannot keep an oath to your spouse you cannot be trusted to keep your oath of office and need to be in some other profession more suited to you ethical disposition.
    This is why the citizenry is losing respect for Law Enforcement it is like telling your kids don’t do as I do do as I say If you have no more respect for your own self than to commit adultery how are we supposed to respect you.
    I say fire all of them and set an example for the rest of the department. We were taught as kids to respect and look up to Police Officers were we wrong?

  • SurfCityTom

    the tip of the iceberg.

    The big money will come when she files a suit against NHC and the Sheriff’s Department for allowing a workplace environment to exist which allows these types of activities. Given that the demoted officer was in a leadership position at the time the affair began, the employer will have little if any defense.

    If her lawyer has not discussed this type of lawsuit, she needs to get a new lawyer.

  • hope

    The affairs and cover ups are abundant at the sheriff’s office. The other women are rarely disciplined and the men are giving some minor consequence while the vast majority of the sheriff’s office will look into the wife’s eyes and let it be known that they condone the inappropriate relationship. The wife doesn’t need to be viewed as a bad wife in every instance either. The culture of working in such conditions and hours has been studied and research concludes that law enforcement/ shift workers are more likely to cheat despite a healthy home life.

    Affairs are not the only type of behavior covered up at the sheriff’s office. A lot of the personnel there lack judgement and morals in several other areas as well.

  • Not Surprised

    Funny. A friend of mine is currently going through the same problem. Her husband (LEO) left her for a detention officer that had been pursuing him for months, even after the detention officer was told by a superior to back off. My friend was told that since they are (now) separated, they don’t have a problem with the relationship. They did switch the homewrecker’s shift, but seems like they are just trying to cover things up. And yes, just like someone mentioned already, it IS an election year. Yet, it occurs to me now that this has become a common practice that is not only overlooked, but also “quietly” supported within their circle. Disgraceful and disgusting. Good thing they are not in the military, because there would be SERIOUS repercussions.

  • Marcie

    Its a shame that in today’s society we always blame women for there mistakes but never do we ever blame men. There’s two sides to every story. And its the media nothing that comes out on the internet is barely ever true! I feel bad for people who have nothing better to do with their lives but to interact with this and take sides.

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