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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

[SC] "Resigned" Officer Jamison was left with only 1 of 4 domestic charges: assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature

...["Resigned" Gaffney Police Officer Wilbert] Jamison was allowed to enter a plea under North Carolina v. Alford to one count of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. The two additional charges were dropped... [From last year's news:] A former Gaffney police officer, who served as a resource officer at a middle school, faces charges that he handcuffed and beat his 11-year-old son and injured his wife. A Cherokee County grand jury indicted Wilbert Jamison Jr. Tuesday on three counts of unlawful conduct towards a child. He is also charged with criminal domestic violence... The alleged abuse took place while Jamison was an active duty officer...

Former SC police officer pleads to abuse charge
WYFF4
Wilbert Jamison
Published: February 24, 2010
Updated: February 24, 2010
[Excerpt] A former South Carolina police officer has pleaded to reduced charges after being accused of handcuffing a 9-year-old boy and hitting him with a belt. Multiple media outlets reported former Gaffney officer Wilbert Jamison entered an Alford plea Tuesday to aggravated assault and battery. The plea does not admit guilt, but concedes there is evidence that could lead to a conviction. Circuit Judge Derham Cole fined Jamison $500 and ordered him to serve one year of probation and perform 50 hours of community service. Cole also ordered Jamison to have no contact with his former wife and two children... [Full article here]

Former Gaffney police officer takes plea agreement, denies charges
Wilbert Jamison was accused of using extreme measures to discipline a child
GoUpstate.com
By Janet S. Spencer
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 3:15 a.m.
[Excerpts] ...Negotiations Tuesday afternoon ended in a reduced charge of assault and a suspended sentence for a former Gaffney police officer arrested on charges of using extreme measures to discipline a child. Judge Derham Cole sentenced Wilbert Jamison to two years in prison suspended to the service of 90 days or the payment of a $500 fine. Jamison must serve one year of probation and 50 hours of community service. Cole stipulated he cannot have contact with his former wife and two children. Jamison was indicted last year on three counts of unlawful conduct toward the young boy in his care... Presentations by Cary Goings, assistant S.C. Attorney General, and Mitch Slade of Spartanburg dealt with the extent to which the child had been placed at unreasonable risk of physical injury or mental harm. After a break, Jamison was allowed to enter a plea under North Carolina v. Alford to one count of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. The two additional charges were dropped... After sentencing, Jamison, who is also a minister, told News Channel 7 he was ready to go on with his life. He said he hoped to work and be productive in the community, although he would no longer be a police officer... Wilbert Jamison faced up to 10 years each on the three initial charges... [Full article here]

OVER A YEAR AGO:

Ex-Gaffney police officer indicted
Wilbert Jamison Jr. facing three charges of cruelty to a child
GoUpstate.com
By Janet S. Spencer
January 14, 2009 at 3:15 a.m.
[Excerpts] A former Gaffney police officer has been indicted on three counts of unlawful conduct toward a child, following a 2008 complaint by his wife. One court document accuses Wilbert Jamison Jr., 38, of handcuffing a minor child who was in his care and locking the child face down in a closet. A second indictment stated he forced the handcuffed child to run back and forth in the backyard while Jamison beat him with a belt. And on another occasion, Jamison is accused of striking the child with a belt, including the buckle, injuring the child's foot and ankle, the third indictment stated. Each indictment described the child's injuries as physical, mental, and severe. The charges stemmed from investigations by two state agencies in response to a complaint filed by Jamison's wife... Wilbert Jamison continued to work as a police officer until Dec. 3, when he resigned for personal reasons, Gaffney City Administrator James Taylor said. Although the investigation began in April, no charges were filed until Tuesday... The state investigations began after [his former Gaffney police officer wife] filed a complaint about her husband with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office on April 25. She told deputies they began arguing about 7 a.m. and he "shoved her down causing her to hit her head on the floor" before leaving for work... [Full article here]

Officer Charged With Beating Child
Former School Resource Officer Accused Of Handcuffing, Beating Son
WYFF4.com
UPDATED: 10:14 am EST January 14, 2009
[Excerpts] A former Gaffney police officer, who served as a resource officer at a middle school, faces charges that he handcuffed and beat his 11-year-old son and injured his wife. A Cherokee County grand jury indicted Wilbert Jamison Jr. Tuesday on three counts of unlawful conduct towards a child. He is also charged with criminal domestic violence. Jamison was arrested Tuesday night... Jamison was indicted and accused of handcuffing his 11-year-old son while beating him. According to a warrant, Jamison shoved his wife, causing her to fall to the ground and hit her head... Jamison resigned about a month ago, citing personal reasons. The alleged abuse took place while Jamison was an active duty officer... Current Gaffney Police Chief Rick Turner said that he cannot comment on why Jamison continued to work for the department during the investigation because he was not chief at the time... Tuesday, the State Law Enforcement Division filed a warrant against Jamison for criminal domestic violence, first offense. The warrant said that on April 25, 2008, Jamison shoved his wife, Teresa Jamison, causing her to fall to the floor. His wife said she is still married to him, but she is seeking a divorce so she and her son can move on. Teresa Jamison said, "We've formed … a new family without the abuse. And any time you get rid of abuse, it can only go up from there. "We're doing much better. I feel a sense of relief that finally justice will be served." [Full article here]
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4 comments:

  1. Bruised But Not Broken!!!March 09, 2010

    I'd like to thank Behind The Blue Wall for exposing, enlightening and educating the public about such a private abuse. No one can imagine the fear and intimidation a police officer can inflict upon the very people he should love and protect. The control and manipulation that an abuser with power and control can exact on his victims is unbelievable. Only through God's strength and power have me and my children endured, and escaped the vicious cycle of spiritual, mental, emotional, financial,and ultimately physical abuse. Mr. Jamison did just what he was charged with, his attorney filed ridiculous pretrial motions to exclude vital testimony (including Spartanburg Children's Advocacy Center)They tried to destroy several witness' credibility. Unfortunately police officers DO have contacts and friends in the very court system these cases are tried. I was in agreement for his plea deal because it was obvious the judge was leaning toward their ridiculous demands for witness impeachment and most importantly it spared my son the daunting task of facing his father in front of everyone and telling how he hancuffed and beat him for "discipline". Mr. Jamison is also Pastor at Westside Full Gospel Baptist Church in Gaffney, SC. I can only pray that the Pastor gets help for his "demons"!!!............The "former" Teresa Jamison

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  3. AnonymousJune 01, 2015

    Now the new NAACP President of the Cherokee County Branch....no wonder there's no progress!

    http://m.gaffneyledger.com/node/272517#.VWxrmYHD_qB

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    1. what is that comment all about???????

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