Pender deputy fired, facing assault and sexual battery charges

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County deputy is now out of a job after a complaint turned into criminal charges.

According to Capt. James Rowell, a sheriff’s office spokesperson, the office received a complaint overnight Saturday around 1 a.m. that a deputy acted inappropriately toward a woman the night before. SBI spokesman Special Agent Shannon O’Toole said the deputy was responding to a domestic violence call. Warrants show the deputy groped and touched the woman inappropriately.

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Rowell¬†said the sheriff’s office began an internal investigation against Deputy Melvin Acevedo, 42, and determined he violated department policies and state law. He was fired Saturday¬†morning around 10 a.m., the spokesman said.

Sheriff Carson Smith and District Attorney Ben David then asked the SBI to step in to handle the criminal investigation. Earlier today, Acevedo was arrested and charged with assault on a female, sexual battery and willfully failing to discharge duties. He was booked on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

Acevedo was hired by PCSO in September of 2015 and was serving as a patrol deputy.

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