Aiken jailer fired

By: Tom Campbell Email
By: Tom Campbell Email

January 16, 2008

AIKEN, S.C.---Aiken County sheriff Michael Hunt has fired a detention center officer after an investigation in which the man was accused of buying beer for an 18-year-old neighbor.

William Morrissey, 35, of New Ellenton has now been charged with buying beer for a minor. That followed an investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). He had worked for the detention center since August 2004.

The sheriff says the man purchased beer January 10 at a store in Aiken. Then he called the sheriff's office to report the teenager and several friends were drinking and using drugs in a New Ellenton home.

Deputies arrested Kenneth Spoonemore, 19, for possession of beer by a minor, possession of marijuana and possession of drug equipment. Casey Busbee, 20, also of New Ellenton is charged with being a minor in possession of beer.

The penalty for giving beer or wine to a person under 21 is a misdemeanor in South Carolina. A conviction carries a $300 fine and/or 30 days in jail.

Morrisey is out on bond. He was fired by the sheriff January 14.


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  • by Quick Location: Aiken on Jan 17, 2008 at 02:48 PM
    Wow!!! SLED completed their investigation and issued an arrest warrant within a week against this former sheriff's deputy. Makes you wonder why they are taking so long on their investigation of the four fired narcotics officers who were terminated for misconduct in office, misuse of government property, having sex with some girls in their squad car and renting a hotel room with the ho's. Seems like SLED is somewhat subjective on which former terminated officers they issue arrest warrant on in Aiken County. Wonder why an independent law enforcement agency who has oversight responsiblity over investigation of law enforcement misconduct doesn't want to arrest a former narcotics officer?
  • by rick Location: crsa on Jan 14, 2008 at 01:35 PM
    what a ******** idiot. makes ya wonder.
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