The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a former deputy who worked at the Johnson Detention Center and charged him with misconduct in office.
Phillip Kevin Tollison, 33, was arrested Wednesday and booked into the detention center. The LCSO requested a criminal investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) after learning of the alleged incident on Aug. 27.
The LCSO gave no details of the charges levied against Tollison and referred all questions on the matter to SLED. SLED officials are expected to issue their own statement in the near future.
A release from the LCSO said, “Sheriff (Don) Reynolds believes that the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is entrusted to protect and serve. We will always strive to serve in an ethical and professional manner. SLED’s investigation will help to determine the facts, and Sheriff Reynolds appreciates their involvement.”