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FIRST 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.

“The letter was sent to the SBI requesting a preliminary inquiry into whether or not Sgt. (Charles) Weathers has done anything wrong,” Benston told us during a phone interview this afternoon from a sheriffs conference in Asheville.

Benston says he sent that letter to the SBI after the Department of Social Services alerted him back in September about sexual allegations involving a minor against Weathers.

“DSS made a referral to Cumberland County, and we asked DSS if there was any concern at all that we would be willing to contact the SBI, and we made that immediately,” Benston said.

The sheriff says a couple weeks later he sent his own letter to the SBI asking for the preliminary investigation.

Benston says Weathers is currently on administrative leave.

We tried contacting the spokeswomen for the SBI several times to confirm that investigation, but they have no returned our calls.

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