CHESTERFIELD — State agents say a former Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputy paid a woman for sex acts while on duty.
S.C. State Law Enforcement Division agents arrested 42-year-old David Rainwater last week on a charge of misconduct in office. Sheriff Jay Brooks said Rainwater resigned in August when the allegations were brought to Brooks’ attention. Brooks asked SLED to investigate the claims.
SLED agents said the sexual encounters happened between Dec. 1, 2014 and Aug. 25, 2015.
“These offenses occurred numerous times throughout Chesterfield County in which Rainwater was a sworn deputy sheriff and was on duty each time,” SLED Agent Tina B. Carter wrote in an arrest warrant affidavit. Magistrate Judge Diane Winburn Dyches issued the warrant.
Attorney General Alan Wilson’s office will prosecute the case. If convicted on the misconduct charge, a common-law violation, Rainwater could face a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
Rainwater was taken into custody Dec. 17. He was booked into the Chesterfield County Detention Center under a $25,000 bond and released on personal recognizance the same day.
SLED charged two former deputies with misconduct in office over a two-day span last week.
The day after Rainwater’s arrest, 32-year-old Tabitha Dennette Hadden was arrested on the charge because agents say the former Spartanburg County deputy provided confidential information in law enforcement databases to known criminals, “enabling them to further their illegal activities.”
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
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