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A detention officer at the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office has been charged with domestic violence, second degree, and kidnapping.

Austin Burnette of Bradley, a small Greenwood County community between Greenwood and McCormick, had been employed by the LCSO since Aug. 13.

On Sept. 11, the LCSO was dispatched to 4989 Poplar Springs Rd. regarding a domestic violence incident. Upon investigating this incident, Deputies found that Burnette held the victim against her will and assaulted her in the presence of a minor child.

Burnette was transported to the Johnson Detention Center where he was booked on these charges.

“This type of behavior will not be tolerated and will not be covered up,” Sheriff Don Reynolds said. “I uphold my employees to the highest standard of professionalism, on and off duty, and strive to be transparent to the public which we serve.”