A Harford County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer has been charged with five misdemeanor offenses including theft under $1,000 and making a false statement to an officer, the agency said Thursday.
The Sheriff’s Office did not disclose specifics behind the charges against Senior Deputy Carlos Jusino, a Corrections Deputy at the Harford County Detention Center and 16-year veteran of the agency, other than saying that they did not involve inmates. Jusino faces three counts of theft under $1,000, one count of making a false statement to a law enforcement officer, and one count of theft scheme under $1,000.
Following what the agency described as “parallel investigations” by the Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigations Division and its Office of Professional Standards, Jusino was served with a criminal summons on Nov. 9. According to the Sheriff’s Office, pursuant to state law, Jusino has been suspended with pay since Sept. 15 amid an internal investigation into his actions; that investigation is ongoing.
“Credibility is one of the most important elements that define the effectiveness of a law enforcement agency,” Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said in a statement. “The Harford County Sheriff’s Office understands the community we serve deserves transparency and accountability and the actions taken in this case demonstrate our commitment to earn and maintain our communities trust.”
“While I cannot comment any further, as it could jeopardize the integrity of the administrative investigation, I believe strongly that the community deserves to know when a member of this agency has been criminally charged,” Gahler added.
Jusino and another Sheriff’s Office deputy were at the center of a debate within the agency about freedom of speech more than four years ago, when a rap video made by the pair surfaced online.
The video, made by Jusino and fellow corrections officer Larry McFarland under the name 80 Proof, depicts the two picking up cars from Adams Chevrolet in Havre de Grace, and driving them to the long-defunct DC V 2.0 club at what is now the Comfort Inn & Suites in Aberdeen. Their roles as Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies were not mentioned.
Then-Sheriff Jesse Bane told The Dagger he was “not happy” with the deputies’ appearance in the video, but that their involvement was protected by their First Amendment rights and did not create a cause for concern about their duties with the agency.
“I can tell you that those two corrections officers do a good job,” Bane said at the time. “They went through the same rigorous screening that every member of this department goes through when we hire them.”