Former Walhalla Police Chief Indicted

Accused of illegally obtaining drugs

Ed Jenson
April 20, 2018 - 1:05 pm

Ronald Wilbanks, who resigned Tuesday as the Walhalla Police Chief, has been indicted after being accused of illegally obtaining drugs from officers, their families and private citizens for more than seven years.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Friday that the state grand jury indicted Wilbanks on three counts of misconduct in office.

Count One of the indictment alleges that from January 2010 until December 2017, Wilbanks asked for and illegally obtained from officers and subordinates under his command narcotic and opiate pills that the officers or their family members had obtained legitimately, and did so at times when he was on duty, in uniform, or in police vehicles or at police facilities.

Count Two alleges that from January 2008 until December 2017, Wilbanks on many occasions, while on duty and in uniform, and in police vehicles or at police facilities, asked for and received prescription narcotic and opiate pills from a citizen, and threatened that citizen with retaliation when the citizen refused to provide them.

Count Three alleges that sometime in 2014, Wilbanks improperly gave a citizen a police department gun as part of a private deal.  

All three counts are for statutory Official Misconduct in Office pursuant to S.C. Code 8-1-80, which is a misdemeanor and carries a possible penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $1000.

The case was investigated by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the South Carolina State Grand Jury, and will be prosecuted by State Grand Jury Section Chief Attorney S. Creighton Waters and Senior Assistant Attorney General Brian Petrano. 

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