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ONLY ON 3: SBI asked to investigate Bladen deputy for sex allegations involving minor

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Another area law enforcement agency has asked the SBI to help investigate one of its own. Bladen County Sheriff Prentis Benston says he asked the SBI to investigate criminal allegations against one of his sergeants.

Benston says the Department of Social Services sent him a letter back in September about sexual allegation involving a minor against Sgt. Charles Weathers. Benston says he let DSS know he would help in any way and even notify the SBI, but he says DSS did that itself.

The sheriff says a couple weeks later he sent a letter to the SBI as well, asking for a preliminary investigation into the allegations.

Sgt. Weathers is on paid administrative leave. The DSS office in Cumberland County is handling that agency’s investigation into the allegations.

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