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Former medal-winning police officer charged with sex crimes involving minors, the authorities say

Chicken Dwayne Teal, 50, is charged with multiple sexual assault charges involving minors, the authorities say.
(Spartanburg County Detention Center)

A former South Carolina law enforcement officer once recognized for its courage during the service, was arrested last week on suspicion of sexual abuse involving minors.

Chicken Dwayne Teal, 50, who worked for four police departments before serving as a deputy coroner in Spartanburg County, was taken into custody on March 20 and charged with multiple criminal sexual conduct counts involving minors. The young people ranged in age from younger than 11 to 16, authorities said.

Teal allegedly a crime between August 2013 and August 2016, the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office said.

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In 2001, Teal received the Medal of Courage from the South Carolina chiefs of Police Association, after helping to pull a disabled man from the path of an oncoming train, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported.

He is scheduled to appear in court Friday for an arraignment and bond hearing. If convicted Teal could face up to 15 years in prison.

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