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Bailiff under custody after alleged assault accusations

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A former New Hanover County bailiff is now in the custody of the Sheriff’s department. He’s accused of assaulting his estranged wife, a domestic violence detective with the Wilmington Police Department. Nicholas Dillon fled the scene early Sunday morning, but told WWAY Monday, he planned to turn himself in.

Nicholas Dillon worked part-time for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s department. Working as a bailiff at the county court house. Police said he was well aware of the laws he allegedly broke.

Sargeant John Keel said, “It gives us a bad name, it gives us a black eye. Because we are supposed to uphold the law and protect the public, so when things like this happen it gives us a bad name.”

Dillon fled the Willows subdivision in Leland, after allegedly assaulting his estranged wife Adrienne Dillon. Turns out, she is a Domestic Violence Detective at Wilmington Police Department. Working hand in hand with victims.

Sources said the two are legally married, but recently separated. We spoke with Dillon on the phone Monday morning. All he would say is that there are two sides to this story.

“It is a domestic, which is one of the more severe misdeameanor charges. And he is law enforcement too,” said Keel.

Dillon won’t face any additional charges because he is a member of law enforcement. But he was terminated from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department almost immediately after Sheriff McMahon got word of what happened. He told us he has a zero tolerance level for any type of domestic violence.

Now that Dillon is in the custody of the Sheriff’s department, it is up to law enforcement to protect the alleged victim. The Wilmington Police Department will not comment on the case until charges have been filed.

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videoA former New Hanover County bailiff is now in the custody of the Sheriff’s department. He’s accused of assaulting his estranged wife, a domestic violence detective with the Wilmington Police Department.

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