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SLED agent fired amid allegations of dishonesty

CHARLESTON (AP) — A State Law Enforcement Division agent from the Lowcountry has been fired amid allegations she falsified records in a child abuse investigation.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (http://bit.ly/1loImP6 ) that documents submitted to the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy by SLED allege that Michele China inserted an alleged confession from a suspect in the abuse case 10 years ago.

SLED has declined to answer questions about the case. But the agency is required to notify the Criminal Justice Academy when an officer leaves their job, note the circumstances and detail any allegations of misconduct.

China has denied any wrongdoing. And her attorney, Kevin Kearse of Moncks Corner, says she is appealing to the state employee grievance committee.

China has been an agent with SLED for 12 years.

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