An Aiken County sheriff’s deputy was fired today, accused of striking an Aiken teenager in the throat after questioning him.
Jeffrey S. Nation, 40, of Cottonwood Drive, was fired after appearing before a magistrate court judge, said Lt. Michael Frank of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office. His removal came after Lorenzo Williams Jr., 18, of New Ellenton, was questioned by Mr. Nation.
In a news release, Lt. Frank said Mr. Nation demanded that Mr. Williams “pull up his pants” while the two were at the corner of Green and Jackson streets. Mr. Nation then reportedly alleged that Mr. Williams attempted to “head-butt” him. An investigation determined the former deputy’s accusation was untrue.
Sheriff Michael Hunt apologized to Mr. Williams, his family and to “our community because this kind of behavior is unacceptable by any law enforcement officer,” he said. Mr. Nation worked for Aiken County Sheriff’s Office three separate times – March 2001-July 2002, Jan. 2004-March 2006 and Jan. to September this year.