Fired deputy the latest in string of cops accused of bad behavior

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The firing Tuesday of a New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy is the latest incident involving law enforcement accused of wrongdoing in our area.

Taking a look at just the past 18 months, we found nearly 20 cases where officers were disciplined, arrested or even convicted.

From DWI to indecent liberties with a minor, and more. These are just a few of the charges some local law enforcement officers have faced over the past year and a half.

Early last year, Leland fired Police Chief Tim Jayne after we uncovered a host of issues within his department, including a female officer shot in the crotch with simulation ammunition during training. Several of Jayne’s officers wound up losing their jobs and their law enforcement certification after a SBI investigation.

Also in Leland, two officers were suspended and then quit following a fight in downtown Wilmington that witnesses say the cops egged on.

Last year Fair Bluff Police Chief Marty Lewis was fired after investigators say they caught him selling drugs on duty.

North Topsail Beach Police officer Casey Simpson was fired and charged early last year with allegedly peeping on a teenager.

Boiling Spring Lakes fired Chief Emmett Ballree after his arrest for aiding and abetting a felon, who happened to be his son. His court case was continued today.

A Wrightsville Beach Police officer quit four days after being arrested for allegedly drinking and driving.

Earlier this year, a Pender County Sheriff’s deputy was fired after being charged with DWI. William Paluck was in uniform and driving his patrol car when investigators say he rear-ended another car.

An Onslow County Sheriff’s deputy was fired and then rehired as a detention officer after being involved in a road rage accident that he caused.

SBI is investigating a botched prostitution sting involving several Wilmington Police officers last year.

And the SBI charged former Northwest Police Lt. Michael Hayes with solicitation of a minor for prostitution and filing a false report.

Other cases we uncovered involved officers violating procedures and accusations of wrongful arrests and giving false testimony in court.

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