A deputy from the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Department in Georgia is facing backlash after she was alleged to have been having sex while on duty and neglected to respond to a call.
In a statement to the newspaper, Rockdale Sheriff’s Cpl. Michael Camp said:
“In at least two of the incidents, she was in her full uniform and in her marked RCSO patrol unit in public. In the third incident, Deputy Hernandez, while on duty, was outside of her patrol car inside a local business that was closed.”
Hernandez confessed to engaging in sexual activity at least three times while on duty, including once when she was behind in responding to calls because she was caught up in the act and according to investigators, she was with the same person in all three instances.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported 39-year-old Loretta Hernandez began her employment with the sheriff’s office in 2008. In lieu of being fired, she tendered her resignation after being put on administrative leave pending investigation.
In a different internal affairs investigation, AJC reported that 26-year-old Deputy Chad Stuarte was arrested after a physical disagreement involving his wife at his home in Covington, Ga., The investigation uncovered that Stuarte fired his service pistol into the floor of his home while fighting with his wife.
Rockdale Sheriff’s Cpl. Michael Camp said:
“Deputy Stuarte admitted to intentionally discharging his department-issued service weapon into the floor of his home during an argument with his wife. Deputy Stuarte failed to report this incident, as required by RCSO policy, and took additional steps to conceal the discharge.”
According to NY Daily News, Stuarte was charged with battery and taken to the Newton County Jail. Rather than face being terminated, Stuarte also made the decision to quit after being placed on administrative leave.
Chief Deputy Scott Freeman issued a statement saying:
“The actions of both deputies are both disappointing and heartbreaking for them, their families and for all of the members of RCSO.”