By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: May 8, 2018 | 12:25 p.m.
SURRY – On April 23, a former Surry County Deputy was arrested by the Virginia State Police Bureau of criminal Investigations in Newport News on a felony warrant for accepting a bribe, according to Surry County Sheriff Carlos Turner. He said that in a statement from the Surry County commonwealth’s Attorney, it was revealed that Dearyl Anderson took a bribe from a suspect charged with drug distribution”in exchange for impeding prosecution.” Because it is an ongoing, active criminal investigation, Turner said that further details of the case are not currently available.
Anderson was hired by Sheriff Harold Brown in 2003 and worked for him for eight years, Turner said. Then he was reappointed by Sheriff Clayton when he took office in 2011. Under Clayton, he was promoted to Sergeant in charge of investigations.
Turner said that Anderson was out of law enforcement for several months following his departure from Surry County. He then went to the Charles City Sheriff’s Office and from there he was hired by Pocoson Police Department in May of 2017.
When asked if Turner had worked with Anderson, he responded, “I had worked previously alongside him, so I knew him, but did not reappoint him to work under my administration. I talked with people in the community as well as within the sheriff’s office and the government center when I started my term. They expressed their concerns about some deputies who did not uphold the standards they would like to see for a new administration. In doing so, there were several who were not reappointed because I did not feel that they could uphold those standards. We’re all about transparency, integrity, loyalty, and doing the right thing.”
Turner also said that this is the sort of situation that necessitated the requirement for officers to wear body cameras when working with the public.
“Last year, a citizen inquired about evidence that was supposedly sent to the lab in an unrelated case,” Turner said. “We found the bag in a box of evidence that Anderson had left in the office, but the bag was ripped open and the evidence was gone – and it never got to the lab. I called Charles City (where Anderson was working at the time), and he said he didn’t remember it. Now we have body cameras so ‘he said/she said’ is no longer an issue.”
“It’s not that the sheriff’s office is trying to throw anybody under the bus,” Turner added. “We’re here in law enforcement and we have a standard we have to set – a very thin line we have to walk. We can’t cross that line. When it comes down to anybody in law enforcement who breaks the law we have to hold them accountable just like everybody else. They have to go through the same process. It’s just making sure that we hold everybody accountable for everything that we do. We’re being more transparent in the things that we do when we investigate. Some other things are going to come out. But there are things we cannot discuss now.”