COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A former South Carolina sheriff's deputy has likely escaped jail time after pleading guilty to engaging in a sex act on duty.
Justin Bamberg tells The Associated Press Dereck Johnson pleaded guilty to misconduct in office Wednesday. A judge sentenced the former Orangeburg County deputy to five years in prison, suspended to three years probation and community service.
Bamberg represents a woman who accused Johnson of forcing her to perform oral sex on him after he threatened to arrest her boyfriend during a domestic violence call. In an interview last year, the woman described to AP the harrowing experience, saying she feared no one would believe her allegation.
Johnson was fired from the force. His attorney told AP Johnson "sincerely regrets" his actions and is moving on with his life.