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Wake prosecutor charged with impersonating deputy resigns

Posted February 12, 2021 1:47 p.m. EST
Updated August 9, 2021 8:15 a.m. EDT

— A Wake County prosecutor resigned on Friday shortly before he was charged with impersonating a deputy on New Year's Day.

Assistant District Attorney Adam Everett had been with the District Attorney's Office for five years and previously was a Wake County magistrate.

A man who lives about a block from the State Capitol in downtown Raleigh reported to police on Jan. 2 that someone came to his apartment shortly after 1 a.m. the previous day, according to a police report. Everett showed up at the door with a holstered gun, told the resident that he was a Wake County Sheriff's Office narcotics officer and threatened to get a search warrant for the apartment, according to a criminal summons.

District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said that, when Raleigh police informed her of the allegation, she put Everett on leave and asked Mike Waters, the district attorney for Granville, Franklin, Vance and Warren counties, to handle the case.

Waters said Everett is scheduled to appear in court on April 1 on the misdemeanor charge of impersonating law enforcement.

"It is crucial that the community trust our office’s ability to use sound judgment in making decisions. We have a responsibility to maintain the public confidence, which requires that there is no hint of abuse of our authority and that we do our best to live above reproach," Freeman said in a statement. "I appreciate District Attorney Waters’ careful review of this matter."

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