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Former Charleston Co. detention deputy charged with assault and battery

Published: Sep. 10, 2021 at 12:33 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 10, 2021 at 5:06 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office has released the termination letter of a former detention deputy who now faces charges of assault and battery.

Aaron Turner Renaud, 38, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault and battery, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. A release states the two charges stem from injuries to two people in two separate incidents.

Renaud was released Friday, jail records state.

According to an arrest affidavit, on Nov. 30, Renaud threw a juvenile against the wall, railing, and floor of the elevator while the victim was handcuffed and unable to brace or adequately protect himself causing injury to the victim. The affidavit states video surveillance captured the incident, and a witness and victim statement was taken.

His second charge stems from an incident that happened on Oct. 18 in which he is accused of pushing the victim to cause him to hit his head and lose consciousness. Authorities said there was surveillance video and body camera video that captured the incident. In addition, authorities interviewed witnesses, took the victim’s statement and obtained medical records.

The letter of termination states an internal investigation began at the sheriff’s office on Dec. 11 surrounding Renaud’s actions which Sheriff Kristin Graziano said “led to the assault of a juvenile inmate.”

The letter states Renaud was “unable to provide a reasonable explanation” of why his body-worn camera was not activated, adding that by his own admission, the juvenile “was not actively resistive and do the fact that the juvenile was handcuffed, he did not pose a threat” in any way.

“After reviewing the video, it was more probable that you acted out of anger rather than the need to use force necessary to gain compliance,” the letter states. “Therefore, the use of force was not only excessive, it was completely unnecessary based on the absence of any physical resistance.”

The letter also states he violated policy by failing to turn on his body camera while he engaged the inmate and failing to document the use of force by completing and submitting a Use of Force Report.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office asked the North Charleston Police Department to investigate an incident involving Ranaud, North Charleston Police Deputy Chief Scott Deckard said.

“After obtaining and reviewing the details of the case, it was determined that the State Law Enforcement Division was the appropriate investigative agency,” Deckard said. “The North Charleston Police Department then requested SLED to conduct the investigation into the incident.”

Graziano released the following statement Friday afternoon on the investigation:

After an internal investigation, my agency terminated on Jan. 20, 2021, former Detention Deputy Aaron Renaud for violating agency policies at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center. We also referred the case out for a criminal investigation. In this case, the system worked: my staff recognized that policy was not followed and took it up the chain of command.

Renaud was employed with the sheriff’s office from Feb. 19, 2016, to Jan, 21, 2021, Capt. Roger Antonio said.

A judge set bond at $20,000 for Renaud, who was since released from the Al Cannon Detention Center.

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