Dead former deputy under SBI inquiry for indecent liberties with a child

Will Clifton (Facebook photo)

JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - The former Onslow County Sheriff's Office deputy who was found shot and killed at a Jacksonville park on Friday was under investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation for indecent liberties with a minor.

Mac Warner, Special Agent in Charge for the SBI's Coastal District tells NewsChannel 12 that the SBI began its investigation into William Clifton on May 5 at the request of the Onslow County Sheriff's Department. The indecent liberties reportedly happened in 2015, he said.

The Jacksonville Daily News reported the child in question was 12 years old at the time of the alleged inappropriate conduct.

Clifton resigned from OCSO in February 2016. He was a 9-year veteran of the department who had served part of his time there as a detective and also as a school resource officer.

The Jacksonville Police Department is offering $2,500 in the case for information that leads to an arrest in addition to the $2,500 normally offered in such cases. JPD announced earlier this week it is seeking information about vehicles seen coming or going from Woodlands Park on the night of Thursday, June 6, from 9 and 11 p.m.

Clifton's body was found early the next morning.

JPD has stressed they believe there is no ongoing danger to the public following Clifton's death.

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