Aiken County magistrate charged with ...

Aiken County magistrate charged with misconduct resigns

There are 8 comments on the Island Packet story from Jul 4, 2007, titled Aiken County magistrate charged with misconduct resigns. In it, Island Packet reports that:

An Aiken County magistrate charged with failing to report sexual misconduct has resigned, authorities say. via Island Packet

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Evans, GA

#1 Jul 6, 2007
Circuit Court Judge Jack Early has ordered that Ex-Councilman Russ Ferrara be taken off of house arrest as the State’s case against the former Aiken County Councilmen weakens and appears to be falling apart. Apparently false allegations were leveled by a known drug addict who had recently received an eviction and trespassing notice from the Ex-Councilman acting as her landlord at a South Aiken apartment complex. A high-ranking official at the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, who wished to remain unnamed, claimed that the stacked arrest warrants should have never been issued against the Ex-Councilman. Last year several of the initial charges were dropped lacking probable cause. In addition, the Aiken County magistrate who initially placed the Ex-Councilman on house arrest has since been charged with misconduct in office and sexual misconduct. He has resigned from office. Authorities are further investigating unusual circumstances surrounding this case. The Ex-Councilman’s defense attorneys Andy Anderson and Everett Chandler were not available for comment.

Evans, GA

#2 Jul 16, 2007
we knew that the Ex-Councilman was innocent of these allegations. He was one of the best representatives we had on the Aiken County Council and was always very responsive to our needs. This was just a political setup, attempt to get money, and ruin his political reputation.
Rush to Judgement

Evans, GA

#3 Jul 25, 2007
Aiken County Resident Circuit Court Judge Jack Early ordered that Ex-Councilman Russ Ferrara be taken off house arrest as it was disclosed that the thirteen year old alleged victim who accused him of touching her was undergoing sexual abuse counseling and had previously accused at least two other men of sexual misconduct: one being her father. Previously the alleged victim reported that her father would enter her bedroom each morning and sexually assault her, but later recanted her story. Authorities were aware of these allegations which were much more severe than the allegation lodged against Mr. Ferrara, but never arrested the alleged victim’s father. In addition, the alleged victim's family requested money from Mr. Ferrara to release her sister from the Aiken County Detention Center.
crazy in aiken

Evans, GA

#4 Jul 25, 2007
we heard this women actually took a butcher knife and stabbed her boyfriend in the chest and smashed out his windshields before making these unfounded allegations against our ex-councilman. she was plead guilty and was convicted of criminal domestic violence after this incident.

Evans, GA

#5 Jul 27, 2007
guess there's always two sides to a story.

Evans, GA

#6 Aug 9, 2007
Prior to making these false allegations of inappropriate touching the girls family had a history of fraud, alchol abuse, illegal drugs, and sexual abuse (incest). In this case we heard her family was using her as bait in a failed attempt to extort money from Ex-Councilman Russ Ferrara. The family sexual abuse of this girl was so severe that SC Department of Social Services snatched her out of the home, put her in temporay foster care and ultimately awarded custody to her grandparents.

Evans, GA

#7 Aug 19, 2007
if this is true scdss should have protected this child. when did this occur?
up this

Aiken, SC

#8 Oct 14, 2011
this sounds like a corrupt court system
russ ferrarra tried to have sex with my daughter, and threatned me, I never reported it, he paid lawyers to get the innocent judge fired, and to make up fake charges about the victims family

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