An on-duty South Carolina police officer sexually assaulted a woman and “confined against her will,” according to arrest warrants.
The S.C. Law Enforcement Division charged Christopher J. Abercrombie, 34, with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, first-degree burglary, possession of a weapon while committing a violent crime, and misconduct in office last week.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division typically investigates cases of misconduct in police agencies and government officials.
Officials say Abercrombie, a then-Greenville County Sheriff’s Office deputy, was armed with a handgun and on duty when he forced a woman into her home “against her will,” tore off articles of the victim’s clothes and molested her in Mauldin, South Carolina, on Oct. 29, 2020.
Abercrombie was fired from his position for “conduct unbecoming” the next day.
“It was immediately made clear that Mr. Abercrombie broke the oath he swore to uphold and under no circumstances will behavior of utter disgrace be tolerated in my office,” Sheriff Hobart Lewis said in a statement issued to the Associated Press.
Abercrombie was taken to the Greenville County Detention Center, and could face a life sentence in prison if convicted.
Bond has not been set in his case. AMbercrombie’s only previous criminal history in Greenville County were traffic violations, according to online court records.