Two New Hanover County Sheriff's Lieutenants have been suspended and demoted to the rank of deputy following an internal investigation by the Sheriff's Office.
According to records obtained, Lieutenant Sean D. Jones was demoted from Lt. to deputy, suspended for one week, and had his salary reduced on June 24. Jones is listed as the Assistant Division Commander in the Support Services Division on the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office website.
An internal investigation found that Jones had violated two polices for the Sheriff's Office, truthfulness and conduct unbecoming. The incident happened sometime in February 2014.
The second Lieutenant suspended and demoted was Lt. Larry C. Robinson.
Robinson was suspended for one week, demoted to deputy, and was reduced in salary on June 23 for violating the conduct unbecoming policy of the Sheriff's Office. This incident took place sometime in June.
Robinson is listed as part of the Detention Division on the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office website.
Sheriff Ed McMahon said the fact that two Lieutenants were suspended and demoted in the same week is 'troubling'.
"It's concerning, it's troubling," he said. "When I have staff officers who don't act like they should, personally these are friends of mine, these are people that I've worked with for 20 years, so it's absolutely on a personal level very troubling."
The Sheriff would not say what the two had done, but said a wide range of behaviors can be considered violations of the unbecoming policy.
"Something that you would think when you heard it, you know what a law enforcement officer is not supposed to do that, especially a staff officer. That could be on the job things to personal life things."
He said anytime misconduct is suspected an internal investigation takes place. If at anytime criminal activity is suspected, the internal investigation stops and is handed over to the District Attorney's office. If it is just a policy violation, the Sheriff said he decides the consequences based on how similar situations were handled in the past and by other contributing factors.
The Sheriff's Office has said they are not able to release any more information about the specific incidents, but did confirm they are two separate situations.
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