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Florence County Sheriff’s deputy fired, charged with assault

March 7, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. -- A Florence County Sheriff’s deputy has been fired and charged over an incident that included an incomplete incident report.

“According to Investigators, on or about February 1, 2019 former (Florence County Sheriff’s Office) deputy Brian Thomas Proffitt, age 35, of 3023 Red Berry Circle, Effingham, SC 29541, is alleged to have knowingly omitted material information from an incident report which would have potentially implicated him in an alleged assault,” Maj. Mike Nunn wrote in a Thursday morning release on the incident. “In addition, Investigators allege that Proffitt committed an assault on the suspect during an arrest.”

Proffitt is charged with misconduct in office and second-degree assault and battery, according to the release. He had been on administrative leave since the incident and was fired Wednesday.

“We hold our deputies to a high standard,” said Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone. “We stand by them when they meet our standard, and we hold them accountable when they do not. For us this is a sad day, but transparency demands that we act in such a way that the public knows that we discharge our law enforcement duties fairly and impartially.”

Proffitt is currently free on $5,000 bond.