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Former Elgin police officer arrested

Posted: March 5, 2015 4:45 p.m.
Updated: March 6, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Darrell Tucker

(The online version of this story has been changed to reflect the corrent charges against the suspect.)

S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and Richland County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a former Elgin Police Department officer and Richland County deputy Tuesday. Darrell Tucker, 43, is charged with third-degree exploitation of a minor. SLED spokesman Thom Berry confirmed the arrest Thursday.

Officers booked Tucker into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center where he was later released on a $25,000 cash surety bond according to Richland County court officials.

Elgin Police Department (EPD) Chief Harold Brown said the Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) and SLED informed him of the charges against Tucker on Tuesday. 

“Once we found out about the warrant, we dismissed him,” Brown said. “We called him in and he was treated as anyone else would. There was no favoritism -- and there shouldn’t be. My policy is that if an officer does something that’s going to reflect badly on the department, that officer will be dismissed. So most of the time, if an officer is arrested, he or she will be dismissed.”

Tucker worked previously for the RSCD -- from which he was also dismissed -- before moving to the EPD. However, despite that dismissal, Tucker had come to the EPD highly recommended, Brown said.

“He had been dismissed from Richland County for not following policy, but there was absolutely nothing in his service record that would have prevented him from going to work immediately,” Brown said. “All the accusations on the warrant apparently happened before he came to work for us.”

Brown also noted that, while the charge is serious, it is not proof of guilt.

“We’re very sad about this,” he said. “I hope everyone remembers that people have a right to a fair trial and are innocent until proven guilty.”

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