Charleston deputy reinstated to full-duty status after June arrest

Charleston deputy reinstated to full-duty status after June arrest

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Charleston County Sheriff's deputy was reinstated to full-duty status after being placed on administrative leave following an arrest for allegedly kneeing a photobomber in the groin.

Deputy Kimberly Poirier, 47, had been on administrative leave without pay since May 31, according to Charleston County Sherrif's Maj. Eric Watson. Poirier was charged with assault and battery third degree in connection with an incident that occurred at a party.

Officials say Poirier was taking pictures with a group of women at a party in Seagate Village Condominiums when a man decided to "photobomb" their photos.

A release states Poirier walked over to the male victim and kneed him in the groin. The victim, who reportedly knew Poirier, refused treatment from EMS and did not go to the hospital.

The 44-year-old victim reported the incident on June 4 when he met with police at his apartment. He told officers that he and his girlfriend were at a friend's private anniversary party and saw people taking photos at the end of the dock at 6:15 p.m.

A Charleston police report stated the victim then saw a group of women taking photos, and decided to photobomb their photos; he told police he photobombed a handful of photos, upsetting the women.

At this point, the victim said a woman he identified as Poirer, took both of her hands and forcibly placed them on his shoulder. The police report stated,"While standing directly in front of him, she pulled both shoulders down, while taking her knee and forcing it into his groin area."

The victim told police he was "kneed" in the testicles "really hard." According to the victim, he did not have any bruising or any exterior wounds.

The victim then showed investigators a photo of Poirer, as they were Facebook friends.

The incident report stated the victim was adamant about pressing charges, and had already contacted legal counsel.

According to a statement from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Poirier joined the sheriff's office in January 2011 and was assigned to the School Resource Unit. Prior to joining the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Poirier was employed by the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

The criminal case was investigated by the Charleston Police Department, Watson said, and provided no details on the status of the investigation.

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