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Former HC Chief Deputy indicted

Published 4:40pm Monday, December 17, 2012

WASHINGTON,D.C.– A former high ranking officer with the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office stands accused of violating the civil rights of a prison inmate.

Timothy Lassiter, former Chief Deputy of the Hertford CountySheriff’s Office, was indicted Monday by a federal grand jury for violating an inmate’s civil rights while acting under color of law in June of this year. That information was sent in a press release from Thomas G. Walker,  United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.

According to the indictment, on June 12 of this year Lassiter allegedly struck and assaulted a Hertford County Detention Center inmate who was a pretrial detainee. The assault resulted in bodily injury to the inmate and violated his due process rights.

If Lassiter is convicted of this charge, he will face a maximum punishment of 10 years of imprisonment.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Toby Lathan and Civil Rights Division Trial Attorney Betsy Biffl.

The charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The allegations against Lassiter marks the second time in less than one month that a former Chief Deputy of a Roanoke-Chowan area Sheriff’s Office has been indicted on criminal changes.

On Nov. 27, a federal grand jury, according to court records, returned a true bill of indictment against William Otis “Bill” Wheeler for one count of possession of stolen firearms and two counts of sale of stolen firearms. Wheeler, the former Chief Deputy of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, was arrested Dec. 3 and made an appearance in U.S. Federal Court in Raleigh one day later. There, Wheeler was released on his own recognizance and his arraignment date has not been set yet, according to information provided by Don Connelly, Law Enforcement Coordinator/Public Information Officer with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to Northampton Sheriff Wardie Vincent, the weapons allegedly stolen by Wheeler were at one time being held in a locker inside the department’s evidence room in Jackson.

  • Sancho

    This is all about politics. The jails and prisons no longer commend those who work hard and have established a good report with the community. I completely understand you have to treat inmates with respect but what happened to holding them accountable for their behavior. These “BIG HATS” are so hung up on seeing how many informants they can gain instead of seeking the cause and effect of the problem. TUCK LASSITER YOU HOLD YOUR HEAD UP HIGH AND DONT GIVE UP THIS FIGHT!! IM PRAYING FOR YOU!

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  • Hears-two-ewe

    There’s more here than meets the eye. One wonders why Lassiter wasn’t charged locally, if there was an assault and battery.

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  • Marysgirl

    I agree that Tim is an outstanding person and has done some great things for the community and people. However, we all have rules and no one is exempt from following them. How and why should he be punished when we have another school offocial accused of trying to sell jobs to female students. This person has not been punished and is still working in the school system. It seems that the wrong person has been punished.

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  • Listenup

    I agree…..the justice system has definitely failed him. It’s funny that the new sheriff’s election is approaching & all of a sudden the best deputy we’ve ever had get indicted. Personally, I think he should have ran as sheriff right after Hardy but he didn’t. It’s all a conspiracy to make sure he never became sheriff. All the charges are bull & they will NEVER stick. Maybe y’all should start at sone of these other sheriffs who really should be indicted. He was and has always been a great sheriff & person in the community. I’m behinnd him 1,000,000%. #teamtuck

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    • skippy1975

      Same here Listenup!! He did his job right and fair. I remember his great service at the community college. He made sure everyone was safe over there. I remember when I thought I was having heart problems over there, and he made sure that I was safe. I wish you the very best Tuck.

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  • skippy1975

    I truly believe that the justice system has done him wrong.

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  • skippy1975

    It’s makes pure sick after reading about a member of the Hertford County Sheriff Department being indicted. He’s brought great service to the county there and the school systems there.

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