SLED: Former Charleston County detention deputy charged with assault and battery

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CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – A former Charleston County detention deputy has been arrested and charged with assault and battery.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said Aaron Turner Renaud, 38, injured two individuals during separate incidents while working as a detention deputy at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center.

Renaud was employed with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office from February 19, 2016, to January 21, 2021. 

A termination letter from the sheriff’s office states Renaud was unable to provide a reasonable explanation why there was no video of the incident from his body camera. It said the deputy admitted the juvenile was handcuffed and not resisting, nor did he post a threat.

Renaud is charged with two counts of second-degree assault and battery. The case will be prosecuted by the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

“After an internal investigation, my agency terminated on Jan. 20, 2021, former Detention Deputy Aaron Renaud for violating agency policies at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center,” said Charleston County Sheriff Kristin Graziano in a statement Friday. “We also referred the case out for a criminal investigation. In this case, the system worked: my staff recognized that policy was not followed and took it up the chain of command.”

The request for SLED to investigate was made by the North Charleston Police Department.

“The North Charleston Police Department was contacted by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an incident involving one of their detention deputies. After obtaining and reviewing the details of the case, it was determined that the State Law Enforcement Division was the appropriate investigative agency. The North Charleston Police Department then requested SLED to conduct the investigation into the incident,” said Deputy Chief Scott Deckard with the North Charleston Police Department.

Renaud was given a $20,000 personal recognizance bond.

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