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Former Columbia County deputy arrested

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 7:27 PM
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A former Columbia County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Tuesday on allegations that prompted his firing last month – soliciting business for attorneys and violating the department’s computer use policy.

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David Kitchens


David Ronald Kitchens, 48, was charged with computer theft and violation of oath by a public officer. Kitchens, a staff sergeant with the department, was fired Feb. 25.

On Feb. 22, a concerned citizen told Columbia County Sheriff’s Office officials that Kitchens was soliciting business for attorneys, according to a statement from Capt. Steve Morris.

An internal investigation found Kitchens also was using the sheriff’s office computer system to print accident reports for citizens and attorneys, which is a violation of sheriff’s office policies.

Kitchens, a former Burke County Sheriff’s office employee, had worked for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office since December 1994.

Kitchens was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center and released Tuesday night after posting a $10,000 bond, according to jail records.

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I'm Back Again
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I'm Back Again 03/05/13 - 07:31 pm
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Well that pretty much sucks.
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Well that pretty much sucks. He's a great guy.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/05/13 - 08:58 pm
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DIXIEMAN HAS 9,000,000,000 POINTS

Man, Hugo Chavez got reincarnated really fast, didn't he?
And the names of the attorneys involved are -- ???

Darby
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Darby 03/05/13 - 09:10 pm
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Don't remember Hugo having...

that scar on his lip.

And really, 9 trillion points? Are you sure???

a different drum
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a different drum 03/05/13 - 11:49 pm
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(I am shaking my head) did he

(I am shaking my head) did he steal a computer or are they charging theft because he was giving public information to lawyers and citizens? I am shocked this would be considered a crime. To me this should be considered a personnel matter and not a crime. He should be fired at the most!

a different drum
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a different drum 03/05/13 - 11:53 pm
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It sounds to me this man was

It sounds to me this man was trying to be helpful to people. He needs to sue for false arrest!

just an opinion
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just an opinion 03/06/13 - 12:07 am
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To reporter Valerie Rowell:

Which ambulance chasers (lawyers) were purchasing this information? Why would you leave this part out?

a different drum
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a different drum 03/06/13 - 12:27 am
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PS – When you start talking

PS – When you start talking about public official violating their oath to office – that’s a can of worms. I cannot think of very many that have lived up to the oath they took.

a different drum
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a different drum 03/06/13 - 01:00 am
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I'm curious. I wonder if an

I'm curious. I wonder if an arrest warrant was issued by Judge or a grand jury?

paladin5
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paladin5 03/06/13 - 05:22 am
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COMPUTER THEFT/FRAUD

The Theft refers to the unauthorized access and use of a computer terminal that violates agency policy. Doing so allows you to access numerous sources of information restricted by state and federal laws governing restricted law enforcement access without official reasons. The rules and laws can be mind numbing to read and understand.

True, some public officials may abuse their Oaths, but when they are caught, consequences follow. Violating information policies and procedures for personal gain is a NO NO.

myfather15
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myfather15 03/06/13 - 06:43 am
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This is truly crushing to me.

This is truly crushing to me. I've known David for many years and have always thought highly of him. I would never have thought he would place his career in jeopardy, for such reasons. I'm curious if he had been experiencing financial problems which caused him to do this? No excuses at all, he deserves whatever he gets, if found guilty. To stoop to the level of helping disgusting trial lawyers, is truly surprising for a law enforcement officer; as our opinions of them, aren't exactly the highest.

Also, from talking with David numerous times in the past; his heritage is American Indian, not Venezuelan. But, I noticed how he does resemble Obama's dearly departed friend.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 03/06/13 - 07:32 am
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a different drum has a point.
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a different drum has a point. When the "little" guy violates the rules, it is criminal. When the "big" guys do it, they are censured. Both should be crimes, IMHO.

rebellious
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rebellious 03/06/13 - 07:39 am
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Illustrated Difference

between Richmond County and Columbia County. CC fires em, Richmond County promotes em.

thauch12
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thauch12 03/06/13 - 10:07 am
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Waste of Money

Going after this guy is a complete and utter waste of money and resources. But of course, law enforcement pretty much seems to have a blank check to recklessly spend hard-earned taxpayer dollars as they see fit. I'm not at all defending what the guy did, just saying this should have ended with the guy being fired. I don't understand the heavy-handedness in our local law enforcement of late...(Grovetown BB gun, Augusta guy getting arrested after his house burned down, public defender being arrested for not turning ring back in in two weeks).

americafirst
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americafirst 03/06/13 - 11:33 am
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I would suspect that there

I would suspect that there are one or more very nervous lawyers out there.

David Parker
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David Parker 03/06/13 - 11:56 am
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Briefly met Ofc. Kitchens and

Briefly met Ofc. Kitchens and didn't strike me any certain way other than nice fella. I would have a beer with him. If there is criminal intent, that may not be enough, barring that, they should step off.

daviddunagan
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daviddunagan 03/06/13 - 07:46 pm
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Poor journalism

Why not tell the whole story? Who was on the receiving end?

Darby
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Darby 03/06/13 - 09:59 pm
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I think the writer meant theft of....

computer services. It is still a crime...

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