A former deputy sheriff is out of jail after his arrest Wednesday for assaulting his wife.
George Bryan III resigned as a Lenoir County deputy the same day his wife reported that two weeks earlier he hit her. Jamie Bryan told deputies she fractured her jaw.
After a criminal investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation, Bryan was charged with assault inflicting serious injury.
Bryan, who started with the sheriff's office in 2004, was placed in jail overnight and posted a $500 bond Thursday morning.
The sheriff's office says within 30 minutes of the first complaint they began an internal investigation. "It's a sad day anytime one of our own is charged with a criminal offense. With that being said the public expects us to do our job regardless of the adverse situation," said Major Christopher Hill.