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Ex-Deputy Charged in On-the-Job Sex Assault

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Dereck Johnson appears in court on July 20, 2016.

Dereck Johnson appears in court on July 20, 2016. less

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP, WLTX) - A former South Carolina deputy has been charged with forcing a woman to perform a sex act after he threatened to arrest her boyfriend.

A warrant from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division says Dereck Johnson, 35, has been charged with misconduct in office. 

Johnson appeared in court Wednesday afternoon where he was given a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, which means he can go free without having to pay any money up front. He was ordered to stay away from the victim and to stay in the state while free on bond.

Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell quickly fired Johnson last month after the allegation surfaced. Johnson was one of two officers who responded to a domestic violence call, and a woman at the home accused Johnson of forcing her to perform oral sex on him. She says he threatened to arrest her boyfriend if she didn't comply. 

“This individual was terminated immediately and the investigation turned over to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division,” Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said in a statement Wednesday. “We fully supported their investigation and the resulting conclusion.”

Previous Coverage: Attorney for Woman Charged in Sex Assault Case Blames Cop

Attorney Justin Bamberg represents the woman. He says one deputy remained outside with her boyfriend while the assault happened.

"My client has been struggling day to day to recover from the traumatic experience that she had at the hands of the officer," Bamberg said.

"There are bad apples that don’t need to have a badge or a uniform and if there are individuals who cover for these officers that do bad things like this they are part of the problem and they are not part of the solution" said Bamberg. 

While he said there are plenty of good officers--his mother is an employee of the Orangeburg Sheriff's Department--Bamberg said the case shows there are some "bad apples" that need to be removed.
The charge against Johnson carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. 

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Johnson's next court appearance will be September 19th.

 


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