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Arrest costs Forsyth County deputy his job

POSTED: January 10, 2008 5:03 a.m.

A Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputy arrested for domestic violence on Thanksgiving Day has lost his job with the department.

Capt. Frank Huggins with the sheriff’s office said Jeffrey Jenkins was terminated Dec. 11.

"It was a result of the internal investigation," Huggins said. "It took several weeks to complete the investigation because we wanted to be fair to everyone."

Jenkins, a 37-year-old former sergeant who worked in the warrants department, was on paid leave during the investigation.

A six-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, Jenkins was charged with simple battery under the Family Violence Act, a misdemeanor.

The incident involving Jenkins and his wife was reported about 8:45 p.m. Nov. 22 at the family’s Banister Park residence.

Huggins has said the Jenkins’ juvenile child called authorities.

Jenkins was held that night at the Forsyth County Detention Center. He was released the following day after posting $2,750 bond.

A trial date for Jenkins has not been set, but Sheriff Ted Paxton said Jenkins does have an attorney.

If convicted, Jenkins may not be able to continue his career in law enforcement.

Paxton has said that anyone convicted of domestic violence loses the right to carry a firearm.

The time for Jenkins to file an appeal to the Forsyth County Civil Service Board remains open, though not for long.

Civil Service Board authorities said complainants have nearly a month from the end of an investigation to file an appeal.

"I personally have not been notified that an appeal has been filed," Paxton said.

"It’s a case that’s pending in the court and in the Civil Service Office, so I’m not sure there’s a lot we can add right now," Paxton said. "What I’ve always got to be mindful of is what is in the best interest of the sheriff’s office and the community."



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