Update: April 26, 2013
The former Greenwood County Fire Coordinator was sentenced in court today.
The South Carolina Attorney General's Office says Corey Grumelot pled guilty to misconduct and second degree assault and battery.
Grumelot was sentenced to 10 years suspended to 120 days and 4 years probation. The AG's office says Grumelot gave a public apology.
Grumelot quit his job in January 2011 after revelations about his criminal background that he pled guilty to misdemeanor child abuse and neglect charges more than 15 years ago in North Carolina.
January 24, 2011
By Robin Kanady
There is new information Monday into the criminal background of the former Greenwood County fire coordinator who quit his job last week.
According to North Carolina records, Corey Grumelot pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child abuse and neglect charges more than 13 years ago.
Corey Grumelot came on board as the Greenwood County Fire Coordinator about two years ago, according to Greenwood County Manager Vic Carpenter. The county manager says Grumelot wrote on his application that he had been convicted of a misdemeanor, but Carpenter says after a SLED background check didn't reveal a criminal history for Grumelot, he stopped asking questions.
Carpenter says, "That was the assumption that we made when nothing showed up. There was no longer...it was a small charge, he explained it, and that it had come off his record."
Carpenter would not go into detail about how Grumelot explained his criminal record. According to a records check with the Harnett County, North Carolina Clerk of Superior Court, Grumelot was charged with child abuse inflicting serious injury and misdemeanor child abuse back in 1997.
According to the records, he pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor child abuse and another count of child neglect
News Channel 7's Robin Kanady asked Carpenter, "These are fairly serious charges. Do you think someone in this position should have a criminal record like this?"
Carpenter responded, "Well, he no longer has the position, and when we did the background check, they didn't show up."
Grumelot's prior convictions did not turn up because Carpenter says they did a SLED background check, which only includes criminal history in South Carolina.
Grumelot resigned Friday. The county put him on unpaid leave a week before he quit. Carpenter says his office received a complaint against Grumelot, but he wouldn't go into details. The Greenwood County Sheriff's Office turned the investigation over to SLED. All SLED will say is it's investigating a county employee for allegations of misconduct.
As for future applications into Greenwood County, Carpenter says they will consider doing a broader search that spans criminal record checks from other states.
News Channel 7 went to Grumelot's house Monday seeking comment, but no one came to the door.