Officials: Police officer suspended after failing to arrest suspect

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - A Folly Beach police officer who city officials say didn't arrest a sexual assault suspect has been suspended.

According to authorities, Officer Ron Avallone was suspended after he let Fred Rogers leave the beach in June after a young girl and her family complained that Rogers fondled her.

Rogers was questioned, but allowed to go. Police say just a few hours later, Rogers assaulted a woman at an apartment complex on Folly Road.

City leaders argue that if Avallone had done a proper investigation, Rogers would have been arrested and the woman would not have been assaulted.

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