Those disciplined are:
• Investigator Eddie Wilson and deputy David Wegemer were fired for unethical activity. Wegemer was found to be insubordinate and untruthful.
• Cpl. Shawn Edenfield resigned before the disciplinary hearings concluded Wednesday. Still internal investigators concluded he had been unethical and untruthful.
• Five were demoted to the lowest rank for deputies and suspended without pay for 10 days. They will have to take remedial training in ethics and professionalism and repeat the course on the law. They are Perry, Lendon McCoy, , Tracy Radford, Grote Levett and Travus Blevins.
The fallout from the investigation was reported to the Rockdale County district attorney because some of the disciplined deputies are involved in criminal cases and this could harm the credibility of their testimony.
The disciplinary actions and the findings of the internal investigation also will be sent to Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, which maintains certification and disciplinary records on Georgia law enforcement officers, and that can damage their careers in law enforcement.
A spokesman for the sheriff’s office said the internal investigation should be completed in about a week.
Chief Deputy Scott Freeman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week the investigation began after a sheriff's office sergeant reported hearing accusations of cheating.
The investigators disciplined were among 15 investigators assigned to general investigations in the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. There are a total of 26 investigators in the office.
According to Freeman, deputies have been shifted to different assignments to fill staffing gaps.