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Charleston officer charged with fondling woman

CHARLESTON (AP) — A Charleston police transportation officer has been arrested after a woman said he fondled her while she was being taken to jail.

Forty-three-year-old Kermit A. Jenkins has been charged with second-degree sexual misconduct. Jenkins is being held in the Charleston County jail. It was not clear if he has a lawyer.

Police spokesman Charles Francis says Jenkins is accused of reaching under a woman’s skirt early on May 4. The woman filed a complaint the next day.

Jenkins was placed on administrative duties with pay May 5. Francis says Jenkins’ pay was stopped May 14, and he was fired after his arrest.

Francis says Jenkins had been with the department since 2012. He was not a sworn police officer.

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