No Charges Filed In Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Steroid Investigation

Photo of Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree during a press conference that was held Monday, September 28th concerning the investigation into steroid use by Richmond County Sheriff's Office employees.
Photo of Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree during a press conference that was held Monday, September 28th concerning the investigation into steroid use by Richmond County Sheriff's Office employees.

***UPDATED at 6:28 P.M. on Monday, September 28th***

Augusta, GA – An announcement from Augusta District Attorney Ashley Wright was made Monday afternoon that no charges will be filed in an investigation into steroid use by Richmond County Sheriff’s Office employees.

Read District Attorney Ashley Wright’s press release on the investigation here.

Read the internal investigation report from Sheriff Roundtree here.

The deputies named in the investigation have all been cleared of accusations of buying and using illegal steroids. Wright says there just isn’t enough evidence to send the case to the Grand Jury, and she gave several reasons for not pressing charges.

In her report, Wright stated that Brandon Paquette’s testimony, without reliable secondary evidence, just isn’t enough to send the case to the Grand Jury.

All of the deputies named in the investigation tested negative for illegal drugs, including steroids, when tested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). The internal investigation by the Sheriff’s office also found that the deputies named did not act against policy and that no disciplinary action will be filed against them.

Three of the deputies accused did resign before the internal investigation was complete.

“Every deputy whose name was brought up during the course of this investigation, who was still employed with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, was interviews and then polygraphed. All deputies associated with the investigation… only 1 admitted to purchasing a steroid in some form from Paquette over a 10 year period,” said Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree.

We will have a more detailed look into the report by Wright and the Sheriff’s Office internal investigation during our 11:00 p.m. newscast Monday night.tonight at 11.

This investigation began nearly a year ago, in October 2014, when Brandon Paquette was arrested. He told investigators that he’d been providing steroids to deputies over a 10-year period. That’s when the GBI was called in to investigate those claims.

In March, the GBI turned its findings over to the District Attorney’s office.

The side effects of using steroids can be very dangerous.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the drug is often used to increase muscle mass and strength, but if you use more than the required dose you are at risk for tumors in the liver, high blood pressure, and heart and circulation issues.

If you, or someone you know, is using more than the suggested amount, please see your doctor immediately.


***POSTED at 3:59 P.M. on Monday, September 28th***

Augusta, GA – Augusta District Attorney Ashley Wright, says there is not enough evidence to file criminal charges in the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office steroid investigation.

Read Wright’s press release on the investigation here.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) began the investigation into steroid use by members of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office after the arrest of Brandon Paquette for allegedly selling controlled steroids.

Mug shot photo of Brandon Paquette, who has been a central figure in the investigation into steroid use by Richmond County Sheriff's Office employees. (Courtesy: Richmond County Sheriff's Office)
Mug shot photo of Brandon Paquette, who has been a central figure in the investigation into steroid use by Richmond County Sheriff’s Office employees. (Courtesy: Richmond County Sheriff’s Office)

According to documents released by Wright, interviews with Paquette and subsequent interviews with those accused, did not in turn reveal actionable evidence that would turn the case over to a Grand Jury.

In the internal investigation conducted by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, it was found that deputies accused of being involved in the steroid case did not “act inappropriately or in a manner not consistent with policy.”   Click here to read the internal investigation report we received Monday afternoon from Sheriff Roundtree.

The side effects of using steroids can be very dangerous.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the drug is often used to increase muscle mass and strength, but if you use more than the required dose you are at risk for tumors in the liver, high blood pressure, and heart and circulation issues.

If you, or someone you know, is using more than the suggested amount, please see your doctor immediately.

 

 

 

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