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05-09-06, 04:24 PM #1
Ex-Deputy Charged with Indecent Exposure
What was he thinking????
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A Charleston County sheriff's deputy has been arrested and charged with three counts of indecent exposure. William Crews, 38, would raise the blinds of his bathroom window and expose himself to his neighbor, the State Law Enforcement Division said Monday in a news release.
Crews would first knock on the window or wave a towel to get the neighbor's attention, according to arrest warrants.
The incidents occurred between 2000 and 2006, but the warrants did not specify how many times it happened.
Crews was being held Monday at the Charleston County jail.
05-09-06, 04:31 PM #2
That really does not tell us much. I can go to the district court commissioner and apply for a warrant. Where did it say Ex-Deputy in the article?
ANYONE can be served on a warrant, all you have to do is swear that the illegeal events took place and sign.
Aint much to it.Don't ask if you don't want a honest answer!!!
05-09-06, 04:45 PM #3
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A former Charleston County sheriff's deputy has been charged with three counts of indecent exposure, authorities said.
State Law Enforcement Division agents charged former Sgt. William Crews, 38.
Arrest warrants allege Crews exposed himself through the window of the second-floor bathroom in his James Island home.
The incidents, which involved three victims, allegedly occurred during the past six years, authorities said. A neighbor filed a complaint with the Sheriff's Office last month.
Crews was fired two weeks later after an internal-affairs investigation, said sheriff's Capt. John Clark.
Crews' attorney Andy Savage declined to comment, saying he had not yet had a chance to review the allegations in detail with his client.
Crews worked for the department between March 1989 and December 1990, then returned in 1996. He had worked there since and was promoted to sergeant two years ago, Clark said.
Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.charleston.net
A former sex crimes investigator with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office is accused of exposing himself to three people in his James Island neighborhood during the past six years.
State Law Enforcement Division agents on Monday charged former Sgt. William Crews, 38, with three counts of indecent exposure. A judge released Crews on a $15,000 personal recognizance bond.
Witnesses told investigators Crews would expose himself from the second-floor bathroom window in his Clark Sound Circle home. They said he would raise the blinds, rap on the window or wave an object to gain his victims' attention, then expose himself while making lewd gestures, according to arrest affidavits.
The charges stem from incidents that reportedly occurred between 2000 and this year, affidavits stated. The incidents involve three victims, SLED spokeswoman Bobbi Schlatterer said.
Schlatterer declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation.
The allegations surfaced April 7 when one of Crews' neighbors filed a report with the Sheriff's Office accusing him of periodically exposing himself to her 20-year-old daughter for nearly a year. The Sheriff's Office notified SLED of the allegations that same day, said Sheriff's Capt. John Clark.
Crews was fired from the Sheriff's Office on April 20 after an internal-affairs investigation, Clark said.
Andy Savage, Crews' lawyer, declined to comment on the charges, saying he and his client had not yet had an opportunity to review the allegations in detail.
"He always enjoyed an excellent reputation in both the legal and the law enforcement communities," Savage said
Crews, a married father of three, won't try to get his job back, as he had been planning to make a career change anyway, Savage said. He declined to say more about those plans.
Crews first worked for the Sheriff's Office between March 1989 and December 1990. He returned as a deputy in July 1996 and had worked there ever since, earning a promotion to sergeant two years ago, Clark said.
Before his termination, Crews worked as a supervisor of school resource officers and community service operations, Clark said.
Crews had previously worked as a detective and was involved in several high-profile cases, including investigations of sex crimes.
In 2002 he investigated an amateur pornographer who produced a video of minors having sex at a James Island home.
That same year, Crews arrested a 61-year-old man accused of molesting a girl while babysitting her in Ladson.
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05-09-06, 05:05 PM #4
Very interesting read.Don't ask if you don't want a honest answer!!!
05-09-06, 05:29 PM #5
How long was this guy a deputy? If only a short time and he was fired or released then its bullshit that this is even mentioned. If he was a long time deputy who retired then I could see it. At his age I doubt he was a long time employee though. Leave it to the press to mention the former LE job.
05-09-06, 06:04 PM #6katiemh GuestOriginally Posted by K9ForLife
05-09-06, 07:08 PM #7
I bet he lied to IA. Even something like that seems it would only warrant a long suspension. I can't speak for other departments, but anything short of murder can be handled as long as your honest. If you're going to lie to other cops, what does that say about you dealing with the public.
05-09-06, 10:22 PM #8
If you are exposing yourself to others, that is a crime of moral turpitude which in many places is a firing offense & will also prevent you from being hired. In Ca a person convicted of this would have to register as a sex offender for life. Too me it shows poor judgement as well as poor moral character.
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