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POLICE: Former Pitt Co. Probation Officer Arrested For Derogatory Message

Police say a former Pitt County probation officer has been arrested, following a derogatory voicemail greeting left on a government-issued phone.

Keith Acree, public information officer with the North Carolina Department of Corrections, tells WITN the offensive message was left on a phone previously issued to Matthew Wood.

Acree says the 31-year-old Wood resigned in May and that authorities were in possession of the phone. They believe Wood was able to dial in and change its voicemail.

The Greenville Fugitive Task Force arrested Wood in Wilmington Friday evening. He's been charged with impersonating an officer, identity theft and common law obstruction of justice.

Wood is expected to be transported to the Pitt County Detention Center. Authorities believe he may have been the one who alerted the media about the story.


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