Former Caledonia County Deputy Sheriff Stephen Bunnell took responsibility for his actions on Monday after being convicted of two criminal charges

Former Caledonia County Deputy Sheriff Stephen Bunnell took responsibility for his actions on Monday after being convicted of two criminal charges in Caledonia Superior Court. “I would just like to say that I’m truly sorry for the three victims in this case,” said Bunnell. “It was my own inappropriate actions that brought us here today. And again, I just want to say I’m sorry for what I’ve done. I was wrong and I should have known better.” Bunnell, 47, once served as “Chief Deputy” to Caledonia County Sheriff Dean Shatney and was frequently assigned to security at the Caledonia County Courthouse, prisoner transports and other law enforcement duties. But he lost his job after being accused by state police investigators of abusing his position as a police officer by soliciting nude photos and sex from three female drug addicts. Bunnell pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of prohibited conduct and an amended charge of disturbing the peace by telephone. He was given a two-year deferred sentence on the prohibited acts conviction – which will be expunged from his record if he complies with all the terms of probation in the agreement for the next two years. Bunnell was fined $100 and ordered to pay $162 in court surcharges for the disturbing the peace conviction. The deal also included several special conditions of probation including participation in a treatment program for sex offenders through the Department of Corrections. 

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