As a result of a two week investigation, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrested 32 year old Deputy Lester Rodgers Wednesday morning.
Rodgers obtained a Benchmade knife from another individual and pawned it knowing that it was stolen.
Rodgers was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. He has since been terminated.
Rodgers was hired by the Walton County Sheriff’s in January of 2005 as a corrections officer and became a deputy sheriff in 2007.
Sheriff Mike Adkinson released a statement saying, “This is difficult but the right thing to do. The public has to have faith in our profession and we will hold ourselves accountable.”