published Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Sheriff transfers deputy to Hamilton County Jail for providing alcohol to teenagers

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A Hamilton County Sheriff's Office deputy has been transferred to the Hamilton County Jail after an internal affairs investigation revealed he provided alcohol to teens — some of whom are part of the sheriff's office Explorer Post, said Janice Atkinson, public information officer, in a statement.

Justin Tabor, who has worked at the sheriff's office since 2009, provided alcohol to one or more teens on more than one occasion, according to the statement.

Alcohol was not provided to the teens at any of the Explorer-sponsored events.

Parents of the youth declined to press charges. The investigation was started after the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office referred the matter to the sheriff's office to handle administratively, Atkinson said.

Aside from the demotion, Tabor has been suspended without pay for 132 hours and will be placed on probation for one year.

Atkinson did not answer questions about whether Tabor was involved in the Explorer program or how he came into contact with the teens. She also did not specify how many teens were involved or provide their ages, nor could she say what violations by Tabor actually were sustained.

A copy of the report was requested Monday.

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