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Arrested & Fired: CCSO Deputy Bruises Stepson with Plastic Hanger


Deputy Aaron PriceA Columbia County deputy was arrested for child cruelty and fired from the force Monday after a complaint that he bruised his 6-year-old stepson with a plastic hanger.

Columbia County Deputy Andrea Price observed injuries to her 6-year-old child and filed a report with her own agency. Sheriff’s investigators determined the injuries were caused by the woman’s husband, Aaron Price, who is the child’s stepfather and also a CCSO deputy.

The woman said the family had returned to their Evans home after soccer practice Thursday night. She said the child had received a bad report from his first-grade teacher for the day. So they told the child to go to his bedroom, and Mrs. Price talked to her husband about possible punishments, which included spanking, a sheriff’s report says.

The child’s mother stayed in the family room and later heard a single “cry out” from the victim. Mr. Price returned and told her the child had gone to bed after he spanked him.

The next day, the child’s grandmother told Mrs. Price to come to her house, where she showed her the child’s bruise. A sheriff’s report describes it as “a visible injury to her son’s lower back and right buttocks/thigh.”

Mrs. Price said her son advised that he was struck with a brown plastic clothing hanger.

Deputy Aaron Price, 32, was arrested for cruelty to children Monday for causing excessive physical and/or mental pain, according to a press release. Bond was set at $25,000.

Sheriff’s Maj. Steve Morris said the arrested officer was also fired from the sheriff’s office, where he has worked since Sept. 17, 2010. The Department of Family and Children Services was notified of the case.

The Price couple have been married less than two years. They wed on Jan. 29, 2015.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.


  1. That’s is a. Unchanged of crap this is why there is no discipline with the younger generation. The person that called the police should be sued and the man should get his job back. The freaking bruise will go away I’m sure the step son is not scarred for life. Too many pansy ass people wanting to cry about a boy getting punished. But when you get robbed or shot, you wanna blame the parents for disciplining their children. Your damned if you and damned if you don’t. Maybe a suspension and a small fine should have been the officer’s punishment.

  2. The mother should have spanked the child I suppose so it wasn’t from the “step-dad”. But spankings are acceptable but too many ppl have become soft in these days and want to be spoiled and thats why we have the lack of discipline plaguing our youth today.

  3. Chris Cobb The problem with the younger generation is selfish parents pursuing their own interests instead of spending time parenting their children. Do your homework about parenting and stop being so ignorant. Pretty scary that someone with such poor judgement was hired to protect us.

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