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Former Sampson deputy faces rape, molestation charges

Posted October 25, 2012

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— A Clinton man has been charged with sex crimes involving a minor that were alleged to have occurred when he worked for the Sampson County Sheriff's Office, authorities said Thursday.

Richard Matthew West, 30, was charged Tuesday with statutory rape, second-degree rape, indecent liberties with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was released after posting a $250,000 bond.

Sampson County investigators said a sexual assault was reported on April 23, 2011, and they turned the case over to the State Bureau of Investigation upon learning that West was the suspect.

West, who had worked as a deputy since September 2009, was immediately placed on administrative leave, authorities said. He was fired two days later, based on information from a preliminary investigation of the alleged assault.

Before the assault allegation, West had no disciplinary problems with the sheriff's office, authorities said.

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  • Whatever Geez Oct 26, 2012

    Badge Bunny got her feelings hurt :(

  • working for deadbeats Oct 25, 2012

    Can anybody point to where it said he is guilty? I can't seem to find it, but some comments suggest that he is.

  • robijjjjjj Oct 25, 2012

    gosh I went to high school with him! This is unbelievable!

  • Just Plain Common Sense Oct 25, 2012

    Let the justice system run the course. False charges are always a possibility. Lesson to all: be on your game and keep an eye out for each other.

  • hisgoddess2354 Oct 25, 2012

    "Just remember that there are always two sides to every story!! Through prayer and faith, all sins are forgiven!!!"----moosedoctor2001

    Are you kidding me?? If it was your child I bet you would not be posting this! I pray for the girl and all the things she will go through because of this disgusting man.

  • gingerlynn Oct 25, 2012

    Rebel - Wonder if they had to wait for a baby to be born and then get a DNA confirmation? Could take awhile if girl refused to cooperate.

  • Damien Thorne Oct 25, 2012

    "Just remember that there are always two sides to every story!! Through prayer and faith, all sins are forgiven!!!"----moosedoctor2001

    Tell that to the child and her parents.

  • Coolbreeze Oct 25, 2012

    Sins are forgiven but you still have to pay your debt to society.

  • moosedoctor2001 Oct 25, 2012

    Just remember that there are always two sides to every story!! Through prayer and faith, all sins are forgiven!!!

  • Coolbreeze Oct 25, 2012

    PATHETIC EXCUSE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER!!!!

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