NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A deputy with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Crime Scene Investigation Unit has been fired, according to Sgt. Brewer with the sheriff's office.
Deputy Victoria McNally Walsh was terminated Wednesday after an internal investigation revealed she violated three sheriff's office policies and procedures.
Sheriff Ed McMahon said Walsh was a star deputy, but he had to let her go when her integrity came into question.
"If we as officers, as deputies, if we hurt our credibility then we can't do this job right now," the sheriff said.
A disciplinary action charge sheet written Wednesday alleges that Walsh's actions were in violation on or about Feb. 22, 2013.
The sheet says that Walsh's actions were in violation of standard of conduct, official reports and truthfulness. The sheriff stressed that Walsh did not break any laws.
Walsh worked in the Crime Scene Investigation lab, where the evidence is stored. McMahon said none of the evidence was compromised, but he wanted to make the incident public in order to maintain the public's faith.
"It's important that we don't ever look like we're trying to hide anything," he said.
Sheriff McMahon contacted the District Attorney's Office upon discovering the reported violations.
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