It is with sadness that I have to report that one of our employees has been charged with criminal offenses committed in the course of his employment. We have charged Corporal Adam Moore, a forensic technician with Misconduct in Office, Possession of Controlled Substances and Theft of Control Substances. These charges follow an FCSO investigation which began Tuesday evening after Moore was involved in a single vehicle accident in an assigned vehicle. Following the accident, Moore was found to be in possession of controlled substances. On Wednesday we opened a criminal investigation and our investigators began interviewing witnesses. On Thursday a search warrant for Moore’s residence was obtained from the court, and after questioning him, the search warrant was executed. Based upon the interviews and the search warrant, we have concluded that over a significant period of time, Moore stole narcotics scheduled for destruction on closed cases from our evidence room. Moore’s employment with FCSO ended yesterday.
It is rare when we have employees who break the law, although it occurs in every agency over time. When police officers break the law however, we do not hesitate to investigate them, charge them and put them in our jail if warranted. This is case is no exception. Adam was personally liked by all here, and enjoyed one of the highest positions of trust we have. None of that matters when those bright lines are crossed. Because so much of what we do involves the public trust, our officers have to be held to a higher standard. As long as I am your Sheriff, I will not tolerate corruption or dishonesty. While this incident is certainly an embarrassment on our agency, we cannot let it overshadow the splendid work our deputies and investigators perform. I remain extremely proud of all our employees who place themselves in harm’s way daily for the citizens of Florence County.
Going forward, Moore is entitled to the same due process as anyone else we charge with a crime, no more and no less. Our investigation into this matter is ongoing and additional charges are possible. We are leaving no stone unturned to get to the bottom of this matter, and rest assured that we will. If additional charges or inquiries are warranted, that will occur. At this point, Moore’s charges are pending in the court system, where they belong. We do not expect further comment on this matter unless circumstances warrant.