Henry County Sheriff Deputy Arrested In Henry CountyRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: May 30 2012 7:35 PM
HENRY COUNTY: A recent complaint was made against Henry County Sheriff Deputy Nicholas Cheek. The complaint was turned over to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation to look into.
On Tuesday agents from the Alabama Bureau of Investigation executed search warrants on the residence of Deputy Cheek and the residence of his ex-girlfriend. Cheek had broke off his relationship with a girlfriend recently after a three year relationship.
This afternoon Deputy Cheek was requested to come to the Henry County Courthouse in Abbeville to meet with Sheriff Maddox, Lt. Troy Silva and agents from the Alabama Bureau of Investigation. When he arrived at the courthouse he met with the group and was then placed under arrest.
Deputy Cheek was arrested on four counts of Theft of Property in the second degree and one count of Intimidating A Witness. The theft charges stem from allegations on seized firearms and are over a span of several years. The Intimidating A Witness stems from allegations before the last Sheriff Election.
While the alleged incidents occurred in Henry County, Deputy Cheek was transported to the Dale County Jail to be booked into the jail. The reason given was his being a law enforcement officer they did not want to book him into the Henry County Jail.
Shortly after Cheeks arrest he was released on bonds, $ 5,000.00 each, for a total of $ 25,000.00.
The law is suppose to be that Deputy Cheek is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Unfortunately, in Henry County, Grand Jury only meets twice a year. A Grand Jury session will not meet for another 5 to 6 months. This arrest means Deputy Cheek has no job until his day in court to prove his innocence.
Deputy Cheek has been with the Henry County Sheriff Department since 2008. He has been a certified law enforcement officer in Alabama since 2001.
As you know, you are always guilty until proven innocent. It is only a myth that you are innocent until proven guilty.
NOTE: This arrest has absolutely nothing to do with the missing evidence that another Deputy left in his vehicle for two months. That evidence was reported stolen from the deputies truck.