Virginia State Police released this statement Wednesday afternoon:
SALEM – Special Agents from the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation have charged Former Franklin County Sheriff Ewell A. Hunt with misconduct by an elected official. The investigation stemmed from an August 2011 request by Special Prosecutor Michael R. Doucette of Lynchburg, to examine the actions of then Sheriff Hunt on or about May 30, 2011. Specifically, whether Hunt’s actions or inaction, related to a series of crimes committed by Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Agee, constitute a violation of law.
On May 28, 2012, after a lengthy investigation into the matter and upon the review and recommendation of the special prosecutor, a warrant/summons was obtained for former Sheriff Hunt from a Franklin County Magistrate. State police agents served the summons on May 29, 2012. A hearing date has been set for July 11, 2012.