Former Orangeburg Co. deputy charged with on-the-job sexual assault

Former Orangeburg Co. deputy charged with on-the-job sexual assault

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (AP/WCSC) - A former Orangeburg County deputy has been charged with forcing a woman to perform a sex act after he threatened to arrest her boyfriend.

Dereck Johnson, 35, was charged with misconduct in office, according to South Carolina Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry.

He was given a $10,000 personal recognizance Wednesday afternoon.

"This individual was terminated immediately and the investigation turned over to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division," Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. "We fully supported their investigation and the resulting conclusion."

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.

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

Johnson was booked at the Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center and was expected to have a bond hearing Wednesday. It wasn't known if he had an attorney.

SLED investigated the case at the request of the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office, Berry said.

If convicted, Johnson faces a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

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