A former Charleston-area police officer accused of having a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old boy was fired because of dishonesty, according to his service records.
Michael Paul Norton, 29, of Miles Road in Summerville is charged with second-degree sexual conduct with a minor, according to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.
Norton was a police officer in Goose Creek and Hanahan, according to the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy.
A notice of separation from Hanahan said Norton was terminated in October because of “dishonesty/untruthfulness with respect to his/her employer,” according to records released Friday. No further details are given.
Norton was a Hanahan police officer from Jan. 23, 2012, to Oct. 15, 2014, according to his records.
He was with Goose Creek from June 6, 2011, to Jan. 3, 2012. His records contain no information about his separation from the Goose Creek Police Department. A background check when he joined Hanahan didn’t note any problems.
Norton has been a truck driver since leaving police work.
According to the arrest affidavit, Norton met the boy sometime in March through a phone application called Grindr and had a sexual encounter with him in a vacant lot on Oak Island Drive in Charleston County sometime in early April.
The Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant Wednesday, and U.S. marshals took Norton into custody Thursday while he was delivering merchandise to a Lowe’s distribution center in Thomasville, N.C. Authorities plan to extradite him to South Carolina.
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