Retired Horry County police officer charged with assault

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A man who served as both a lieutenant and a patrol officer with the Horry County Police Department has been charged with assault and battery.

According to Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier, 48-year-old Kevin Lee Duke served as a lieutenant with the HCPD until his retirement in November 2011. He returned to the force just two weeks later as a patrol officer and retired again in May 2012.

Then in December 2012, his name appeared on a police report in North Myrtle Beach, as the suspect in an assault. That report states that Duke was impatiently waiting for a parking spot at the North Myrtle Beach Walmart, honking his horn and swearing at a couple in the parking lot.

Duke then allegedly punched the female before assaulting her husband, and the whole incident was captured on Walmart's surveillance cameras.

Duke was arrested and charged with two counts of assault and battery on Dec. 23. He was released from J. Reuben Long Detention Center less than two hours later with a $2,500 bond.

According to Horry County Schools spokeswoman Teal Britton, Duke was hired as a substitute teacher for St. James High School in October, transitioning into a full-time law enforcement/public safety teacher in December.

Duke assumed his new position just five days before the school dismissed for winter holidays, during which the incident at the Walmart occurred.

Britton explains that since the incident, Duke has been on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation into his charges and he has not been back in the classroom.

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