SPOKANE, Wash.--A Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputy was placed on administrative leave in early March. Detectives are investigating accusations that he stole upwards of $700 from the County.
Officials said Deputy Charles Sciortino is accused of working another job while he was supposed to be patrolling Spokane County.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said the deputy was immediately placed on leave when word of his alleged crime or crimes was brought to his attention in late February. He said Major Crimes was handling the investigation because of the severity of the allegations.
Knezovich said what is possibly most concerning is that he may have shorted the community the patrols and protection they deserve.
“If these allegations are proven true he won't be a deputy here anymore,” said Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.
Deputy Sciortino is accused of stealing and jeopardizing the safety of Spokane County residents while doing it.
Sources said Sciortino was being investigated for working his second job at a retail store while he was supposed to be patrolling the Spokane County streets.
If that accusation is true, officials said it would be considered theft because the deputy was allegedly clocked on for duty for the county and collecting pay for a shift that he was not completely fulfilling.
The Sheriff refused to provide specifics on Monday but said it is something the department is investigating to the fullest.
“I believe it'll be about $700, maybe more though. It depends on how many times he actually did this,” said Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.
After the criminal matter is complete, an Internal Affairs investigation will follow. Sciortino will remain on administrative leave while it all plays out. The Sheriff said the alleged crime is serious.
“It could be a terminal offense if it's found to be substantiated,” said Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.
The deputy worked in Coeur d’Alene before working in Spokane. He is assigned to general patrol, according to officials.