Council upholds suspension of Folly Beach cop

Officer Ron Avallone is still suspended.
Officer Ron Avallone is still suspended.

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Folly Beach City Council voted Tuesday night to uphold the suspension of a public safety officer.

The council voted six to one to turn down the recommendation of a committee picked to investigate Officer Ron Avallone's suspension. Last month that committee ruled Avallone should not have been suspended.

The officer was accused of mishandling a call by failing to arrest a suspect police say sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl on the beach.

According to Folly Beach Public Safety, just a few hours after that incident, the suspect assaulted a woman at an apartment complex on Folly Road.

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