Crime, Government, Washington County

Washington County deputy under investigation after allegation of ’email with racial epithets’ surfaces

A table with Washington County Sheriff's Office memorabilia and information in Banks. File photo: Chas Hundley

WASHINGTON COUNTY - A Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been placed on administrative leave after an allegation surfaced that the deputy sent an “inappropriate email with racial epithets” before being employed by the Sheriff’s Office. 

The agency did not identify the contents of the email, nor did it name the deputy involved. 

According to a press release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the email is believed to be over 16 years and sent four years prior to the deputy’s hiring by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. 

The agency was first notified of the email on Sunday afternoon, according to the press release. 

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