A Georgia sheriff’s deputy has faced a backlash after allegations that she had sex while on duty. Rockdale County Deputy Loretta Hernandez, 39, has resigned following an internal investigation regarding sex allegations while on duty, reported the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Hernandez confessed to engaging in sexual activity at least three times while on duty, including once when she was behind in responding to calls because she was caught up in the act.
"In at least two of the incidents, she was in her full uniform and in her marked RCSO patrol unit in public," Rockdale Sheriff's Cpl. Michael Camp told the newspaper in a statement.
"In the third incident, Deputy Hernandez, while on duty, was outside of her patrol car inside a local business that was closed."
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Investigators said Hernandez was with the same person in all three instances.
Deputy Hernandez resigned in lieu of being fired during a disciplinary hearing and was put on administrative leave. She started working at the sheriff's office in 2008.
In a different internal affairs investigation, 26-year-old Deputy Chad Stuarte was arrested after a physical disagreement involving his wife at his home in Covington, Ga., AJC reported.
“Deputy Stuarte admitted to intentionally discharging his department-issued service weapon into the floor of his home during an argument with his wife,” Camp said. “Deputy Stuarte failed to report this incident, as required by RCSO policy, and took additional steps to conceal the discharge.”
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Stuarte was charged with battery and taken to the Newton County Jail. He also choose to quit instead of being terminated at a disciplinary hearing after he was put on administrative leave, according to New York Daily News.
The investigation uncovered that Stuarte fired his service pistol into the floor of his home while fighting with his wife.
“The actions of both deputies are both disappointing and heartbreaking for them, their families and for all of the members of RCSO," Chief Deputy Scott Freeman said in a statement.