Aiken jailer fired

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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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